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OCHS principal arrested on DUI charges

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By Amanda Manning

Oldham County High School (OCHS) Principal Dr. Angela Newcomb was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) early Sunday morning in La Grange.

Newcomb, 40, is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense, and reckless driving.

Police stopped her in La Grange after they saw her swaying back and forth over the double yellow line several times on South First Avenue.

The officer said he could immediately smell the odor of an alcohol beverage coming from her vehicle and she had slurred speech in the arrest citation.

When asked what time it was, she allegedly said it was 1:30 a.m. It was 2:37 a.m., according to the arrest citation. Newcomb also told police she had been out with friends.

Police said she was unsteady on her feet and needed assistance getting out of her car.

Newcomb blew a 0.129 in the Breathalyzer according to the arrest citation. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08.

The officer also conducted a field sobriety test, which she failed.

“One leg stand showed above put foot down multiple times and swayed while balancing, walk and turn revealed above unable to balance during instructions, started too soon, did not touch heel toe, stepped off the line multiple times,” the detailed arrest citation states.

The arrest was videoed via a body camera.

Superintendent Greg Schultz met with Newcomb on Monday Sept. 17.

“Dr. Newcomb will be taking the rest of the week off to address personal matters. She anticipates being back at work on Monday, September 24,” Oldham County Schools said in a statement.

The district said they would wait on taking any personnel action, pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

Newcomb was released from the Oldham County Detention Center Sept. 16 on her own recognizance.

She was named the principal of OCHS in 2016. She previously worked at North Oldham Middle School, North Oldham High School and Westport Middle School.