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Superintendent Arrested For Fifth DUI

August 9, 2011, 10:07 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Superintendent Arrested For Fifth DUI
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD - Wessington Springs Superintendent Lance Witte is in trouble with the law again.

Court documents obtained by KELOLAND News Tuesday show Witte was arrested for his fifth DUI near Alexandria Friday night. This is the second time in less than a year that Witte has been arrested for driving drunk. Last November Witte pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Huron and had his driver's license taken away.

He was picked up just two weeks later for driving with a revoked license. Witte thought he had the necessary permits to drive, but ultimately ended up pleading guilty last Tuesday for driving without a license. 

Now, we're finding out just three days after that plea he was picked up again for driving drunk.

Witte has had problems with drinking and driving since May 1990 when he was convicted of his first DUI. His record now shows he's been arrested a total of five times for the crime.

His latest drunk driving charge comes just days after he was given a suspended sentence for driving without a license. Witte received 60 days probation last week for that charge. A charge that would be wiped off his record as long as he behaved.

During that sentencing Witte's attorney, Doug Dailey, said the superintendent had learned his lesson.

"He's the superintendent of schools in the Wessington Springs School District. He's been run through the wringer by the media on this deal your honor. They're also sitting in the courtroom here today. I think he's definitely learned his lesson," Dailey said.

But Witte's most recent court file shows that just before 9:00 p.m. last Friday he was driving erratically on Interstate 90 near Alexandria. When the Highway Patrol caught up to him, he crossed the fog line on the road. He took a field sobriety test but refused a breathalyzer.

After he was arrested, blood tests at the jail showed Witte had a 0.157 blood alcohol level, nearly twice the legal limit.  He was taken into custody immediately for his second DUI in less than a year. 

KELOLAND News tried to call Witte Tuesday night but his cell phone was turned off and it went straight to voicemail.

Since state law only looks back ten years this would be considered only Witte's second DUI in that span, so it's still considered a misdemeanor.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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