Pulaski High School principal charged with DWI, BAC allegedly twice the legal limit

State News

HASTINGS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Pulaski High School principal Michael Bateson has been arrested and charged with aggravated DWI.

On Feb. 9, State Police responded to a disabled vehicle on I-81 South in Hastings. Troopers say Bateson’s vehicle was found in the median.

Bateson’s BAC was 0.18 percent, according to troopers. The legal threshold is 0.08 percent. 

Pulaski superintendent Tom Jennings tells NewsChannel 9 that Bateson reached out to the district office to tell them that he had been charged with DWI.

Bateson issued the following statement: 

“As an educator, it is my responsibility to set a positive example for students at all times. I deeply regret and am ashamed of my personal failure that occurred outside of work, over the weekend. I would like students, staff, parents and my own family to know that my poor choices have consequences that I fully accept. Moving forward, I will work my hardest to set a better example.” 

Bateson, 47, is scheduled to appear in the Town of Hastings Court on Feb. 27.

The school district is unable to comment on Bateson’s employment status or whether or not any disciplinary action will be taken against him. 

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