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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  • by Jody Location: Winterville on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    What do you do for a living?
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Trust me honey, the money ain't all that good. So I assure you, not here for a paycheck! Of course, a paycheck helps. I would advise any body to consider pursuing an education in Education, your comments will change.
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      by Frank Black on May 6, 2011 at 07:34 AM in reply to
      Quit your crying, you make plenty.
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        by Educator on May 13, 2011 at 08:22 AM in reply to Frank Black
        As compared to who?
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          by Frank Black on May 21, 2011 at 10:45 PM in reply to Educator
          compared to people who really work for a living and have a degree that cannot be obtained by someone with a sub 90 IQ.
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        by Jody on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:02 PM in reply to Frank Black
        Just wondering: what do you do for a living?
  • by to Jamesville student on May 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Yeah he treated my son with respect and I will always be grateful to the best principal in Martin County. Love you Mr. Rundell. Stay strong.
  • by ababbs on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Yes he should be punished, yes he should have resigned but stop judging and being so mean. Everyone makes mistakes and he is already paying for them b/c of all the harsh remarks such judgemental people make. He is a human being and all of us make mistakes whether we want to admit to them. If it was you, you would not like people judging you so harshly.
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      by Cornholio on Apr 29, 2011 at 03:51 PM in reply to ababbs
      I would NOT DRIVE DRUNK! This is a simple problem for an individual with half a cent worth of common sense to fix. If you are drunk, don't drive. So your point is mute...I would never drive drunk, therefore it could never be me. Harsh statements are an appropriate punishment for a brazen, overbearing, loudmouth child who speaks out of turn, it is not an appropriate punishment for someone who has already been stripped of their license and still is arrogant, overbearing and ignorant enough to still get in a motor vehicle and endanger the lives of innocent people.
  • by TA in training Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    I still don't see why these crazy people consolidated these schools?? Why? Why? Why? They have had two major incidents back to back from middle school and now high school. However, everyone thought that the students were going to be the problem, but they were dead wrong!! Roanoke High School was doing just FINE before all this drama came about!! Roger That!!
  • by Corholio Location: Parmele on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    I wonder if this turd is going to actually get some active jail time or is he going to be treated like law enforcement officers who break the law. In other words, are we going to be force to hear again from a district attorney that for some special people in life, resigning from ones job is punishment enough for crimes other people would be put in jail for? This is not rundell's first rodeo, he didn't have a license for a reason!!!!!
  • by jamesville student on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Mr. Rundell was the best principal Martin County EVER HAD yeah i said it his habits did not effect his work he was always on top of hi game everyone has flaws they need to check the teachers we have in martin county im pretty sure some might be on drugs but u make thr best principal we ever had resign ERRGGGG in that case fire some of the police force if u wanna play hard ball i could list so many people names up here right now and ruin there career Fire that principal at riverside n give rundell his position
  • by to all the people on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Who said they smell alcohol on Mr.Rundell or said he was intoxicated at games why didn't you say something then. NO why because you know he was the tops when it came to principals.
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      by Jamesville Parent on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to to all the people
      It was said!!! Many times, nobody at the county office would come out and confront the drunk on the sidelines of a game. It was VERY COMMON KNOWLEDGE among those people who are astute enough to notice. There are blind, ignorant idiots who blunder through the world and never notice anything! I am glad I am not that much of a blind, dumb sheep.
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      by jamesville student on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to to all the people
      i know thats right rundell was the best principal martin county ever had n i am grateful he was m principal until we consolidated schools
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        by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to jamesville student
        Drinking buddies?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    I heard that Beargrass parents paid for their children grades under good ole Mr. Hal Davis. All Martin County schools should be investigated.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    Love ya Mr. Rundell.
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