Mid-South principal arrested for refusing to take breathalyzer during traffic stop

Mid-South principal arrested for refusing to take breathalyzer during traffic stop

TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - A Mid-South high school principal was arrested last weekend during a traffic stop in Tunica County.

Jacob Stripling is the principal at Olive Branch High School in DeSoto County.

Tunica County Chief Deputy Randy Stewart says an officer conducted a traffic stop on Stripling Saturday and Stripling refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Stripling was booked into jail just before 8 p.m. He was cited for failure to yield and DUI refusal.

Stripling was released from jail on his own recognizance.

DeSoto County Schools confirms with WMC Action News 5 that Stripling was placed on administrative leave Wednesday pending an investigation.

Stripling’s attorney, Matthew Barton, told WMC Wednesday afternoon, “Mr. Stripling did not drive under the influence and maintains his innocence. We look forward to clearing his good name.”

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