An assistant cross-country coach at Spartanburg High School has been relieved of her duties after her DUI arrest that occurred while she was driving several athletes to a meet in the Charleston area.
Spartanburg School District 7 said in a statement Monday that Dedra Kiser had been placed on administrative leave while the September 26 incident is investigated. District officials said Kiser was driving seven members of Spartanburg’s girls’ cross-country team to an event when she was pulled over by a state Highway Patrol trooper in North Charleston.
The trooper reported that he stopped the school district’s SUV after a Goose Creek police officer spotted it “swerving” on Interstate 26. The trooper said Kiser smelled of alcohol, but denied drinking. She failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to the incident report.
She was charged with driving under the influence and with child endangerment.
The athletes were taken to a Charleston station until parents could make the three-hour drive from Spartanburg to pick them up. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports that head coach Jack Todd met with parents and the runners that night and they decided to continue with the meet on Saturday.