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NEW INFO: Principal Charged With DWI; Resigns Next Day

WITN News has learned that the high school principal who resigned Saturday was arrested the night before for DWI by state troopers.

Court records show that Chuck Rundell was charged Friday night with DWI, possession of an open container/consumption of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area, no operators license, and civil revocation of his drivers license.

Rundell was principal of the newly consolidated South Creek High School in Martin County.

The Highway Patrol says the arrest happened during a checkpoint on Highway 45 in Washington County, near the Bertie County line. Troopers say they found a container of alcohol in the passenger side of Rundell's vehicle and that he blew above the legal limit in a breathalizer test. They refused to release the specific results of that test.

Rundell was named principal just last year. South Creek was formed when Martin County decided to consolidate Bear Grass and Roanoke high schools.

He had worked for Martin County Schools for the past 8 years. Prior to South Creek he was principal at Jamesville High and an assistant principal at Williamston High School.

The 54-year-old Rundell has a June 28th court date.

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The principal at one of two consolidated high schools in Martin County is no longer on the job.

Chuck Rundell resigned Saturday as principal at South Creek High School.

Martin County Superintendent Ron Melchiorre would not say why Rundell resigned, citing personnel laws.

Rundell was named principal at the new high school just last year, and had not yet completed a full year as principal. South Creek was formed when Martin County decided to consolidate Bear Grass and Roanoke high schools.

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