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Pulaski High School principal arrested for drunk driving

Michael Bateson, 45, from Brewerton, was arrested on February 9 (Courtesy: New York State Police).

The principal at Pulaski High School has been accused of driving with blood alcohol levels that were twice the legal limit.

Michael Bateson, 45, from Brewerton, was arrested on February 9, according to investigators. State police said they responded to a disabled vehicle in the median on I-81 in Hastings. They said the driver, Bateson, was arrested with blood alcohol levels of .18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with Aggravated DWI.

Pulaski Schools Superintendent confirmed Bateson is a principal in the district. Former students and community members told CNYCentral Bateson is the principal at Pulsaki High School.

Bateson released the following statement about his arrest, saying that he is "ashamed.

“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."

The school board president told CNYCentral, "This is a personnel matter, school board has no comment at this time."

Bateson was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Hastings Court on February 27.

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