Aiken High coach placed on leave after DUI arrest

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:13 a.m.

An Aiken High School teacher and coach was placed on administrative leave after he was detained for DUI last week, according to a school board spokesman.

Larry Russell Palmer, 52, of Aiken, was charged with driving under the influence, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol. He was released after posting $1,229 bond.

Palmer is a physical education teacher and coach at Aiken High School, according to the school's website. Bill Burkhalter, school board attorney, said Palmer was placed on administrative leave following the incident and confirmed that he is not coaching at this time.

“Our normal procedure is to put somebody on administrative leave,” he said. “That's how we treat this.”

Palmer was arrested after crashing his 2005 Chevrolet pickup on Banks Mill Road on Aug. 10, according to Jones. Palmer was traveling east on Banks Mill about 2:20 a.m. when the vehicle exited the roadway to the right, struck a mailbox and then a ditch and overturned.

Palmer, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, Jones said. Speed was not a factor in the collision.

Jones said the report does not indicate whether or not Palmer declined to participate in field sobriety testing. He also could not divulge the results of Palmer's breathalyzer test.

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