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Pierz superintendent charged with DWI after wrong-way drive on Hwy 371

George Stephen Weber Photo: Morrison County Sheriff's Office
George Stephen Weber

Updated: August 07, 2019 02:37 PM

The Pierz Schools superintendent has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with an incident that occurred Monday in Morrison County.

According to a criminal complaint, 56-year-old George Stephen Weber has been charged with two counts of third-degree DWI.

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The complaint details the following:

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls Monday at about 12:15 a.m. reporting a driver traveling southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 371 in Fort Ripley Township.

A deputy was able to find the driver and stop the suspect vehicle.

The driver, later identified as Weber, was reportedly "very confused" and was showing signs of impairment, "including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol coming from his person."

Weber admitted he had been drinking beer. He submitted to a breathalyzer test, which revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.203.

The deputy arrested Weber for driving while impaired and transported him to the Morrison County Jail.

Weber said in a statement:

"This incident has embarrassed me, my family and my school district. I am terribly sorry. I am thankful for the many people who have reached out to show support.  Although it is my first offense, I understand its seriousness. I will seek help in addressing the thinking and behaviors that led to such a risky and poor choice. I again apologize."

The following is a statement on behalf of the Pierz ISD 484 School Board:

"The Board has had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Weber to discuss both the incident and its ramifications. As a board, we recognize the long and successful history of work, dedication and commitment Mr. Weber has made to our schools and staff and students. We believe he will take the necessary steps to deal with this matter in an appropriate way now and going forward."

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