School superintendent charged with DWI
COLE COUNTY – The superintendent for the Richland R-IV school district has been charged with DWI.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Lance said he pulled Tony Hermann over on Oct. 2 after the Highway Patrol got a call about a car weaving on Highway 54.
Lance said he saw the car travel over the center line and then over the fog line on the right side of the road.
Lance said he pulled the car over and told Hermann he had been pulled over because the car was weaving. Hermann said he had been texting.
While looking through a stack of cards to find his driver’s license, Lance said it looked like Hermann was having trouble with his finger dexterity.
Hermann gave the trooper his insurance card, which had expired in 2013.
Lance said he asked Hermann to go back to his patrol car, and while walking back, Lance said he smelled intoxicants on Hermann’s breath. Lance also said Hermann’s eyes looked bloodshot and glassy.
Lance said he had Hermann do a few field sobriety tests, which he did “poorly on.”
The trooper said he arrested Hermann and took him to the Cole County Jail where Hermann agreed to have his breath tested. He had a .091 percent blood alcohol level.
Highway Patrol said Hermann hadn’t been arrested for DWI before.
KOMU 8 News reached out to Hermann Thursday but hadn’t heard back as of Thursday afternoon.
The president of the Richland R-IV school board released a statement Thursday.
Jerry Pemberton said Hermann told the board about the arrest, which is required by district policy, and met with the board not long after.
"Mr. Hermann made a personal statement to the Board acknowledging his error in judgment, expressing his apologies and taking full responsibility for his actions," he said.
Pemberton said the district has taken disciplinary action against the superintendent but can't release the details about what those actions are.
He said the board agreed Hermann will remain the superintendent of Richland R-IV but was given a warning that any other actions that don't meet the district's expectations could lead to further discipline, including possible termination.
Richland is about 65 miles southwest of Jefferson City.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information from the school board.]