Charlestown High School principal facing OWI charges

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 5:56 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11)- The principal at Charlestown High School in Charlestown, Ind. is facing drunken driving charges after he was arrested Sunday night in Floyd County, Ind.

Keith Hedges, 54, of Jeffersonville, met with Dr. Stephen Daeschner, superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools, Tuesday morning about the misdemeanor OWI charge.

"It's a shocker to me, cause it's a principal," said Martin Calvario, a former CHS student who graduated in 2009.

Calvario said he had many conversations with Hedges when his locker was next to the teacher's science classroom before he became principal.

"He was nice to me," said Calvario. "We had casual conversations every day, about anything, our weekends or whatever. He'd be nice to me. If I needed help, he'd be there to help me out."

GCCS sent the following statement: "It's a personnel matter and Greater Clark County Schools has no further comment."

Authorities say Hedges was driving north on Indiana State Road 111 south when when he crossed the center line four times. Police say he failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. According to authorities, he refused a chemical breathalyzer, although he did register a .23 blood alcohol level on a portable air breathalyzer, nearly three times the legal limit. But the portable breathalyzer is inadmissible in court.

Hedges was not at Charlestown High School today. WHAS11 News found him at his home.

"I'm going to let my school system make a comment," he said.

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