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Meridian High School principal charged with DUI

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:11 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian High Principal Dr. Joe Griffin was arrested for driving under the influence.

Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said Dr. Griffin was arrested Saturday night at a roadside safety checkpoint on Allen Swamp Road near Pine Springs Road.

Calhoun said deputies determined Griffin was under the influence of some type of substance while behind the wheel.

Griffin was charged with “DUI other.” Calhoun explained what that means,
“Many times we think of alcohol being the primary way that occurs. That is not always the case. We have seen a growing trend over the last 15 years where it is not just alcohol, but also illegal substances or legal substances. They could be charged with a DUI if the officer could prove if their ability to operate that vehicle is impaired,” said Calhoun in reference to the DUI charge.
Griffin was also cited for not having proof of insurance and on an unrelated violation in Quitman. He was released over the weekend.
Griffin has been the principal at Meridian High for 11 months. He was the principal at Moss Point High before coming to Meridian.
Griffin has been in education for more than 18 years.
Newscenter 11 reached out to the Meridian Public School District for comment. A spokesperson said they were not aware of the arrest and would not comment on the investigation.

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