Indianapolis—A Central Indiana school superintendent who is accused of drinking and driving spoke to Fox59 News Tuesday where he apologized for the "embarrassing" incident. Police say his blood alcohol level was .12 when they pulled him over last weekend for swerving all over the road.
"I was over the legal limit," he said.
Stinson said he wants to be clear about the mistake he made late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Hendricks County.
"I messed up."
According to a Plainfield Police Department report, Stinson was at the wheel when his truck crossed lane lines a number of times. Once pulled over, he told the officer he was coming from Wal-Mart but then added the name of a bar he had also visited saying "I had too much to drink."
"I apologize for the embarrassment to my family to the school community, to the students, and to the staff," Stinson said Tuesday.
The executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents is a friend of Stinson's but understands the seriousness of being accused of driving drunk.
"As a superintendent you are working with kids who are in situations with due process for serious things were you've got to be able to tell them hey I've walked the talk," said Dr. John Ellis.
Stinson says a recent split with his wife of 39 years may have added to his stress but he says that is no excuse.
"By no means am I blaming anything on anything else except my own irresponsibility for that evening a bad choice on my part," he explained.