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U. of Evansville President Arrested on Drunken-Driving Charges

July 03, 2008

The University of Evansville’s president was arrested last night for driving while intoxicated, and in a statement released today by the university, he acknowledged making “a very serious mistake,” apologized, and pledged to “take every necessary action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

The president, Stephen G. Jennings, who is 61, will participate in a special program for first-time drunken-driving offenders. He also will face charges that include operating a vehicle while intoxicated and refusing a chemical test, the newspaper reported.

According to an affidavit filed by the police officer who made the arrest, Mr. Jennings weaved among lanes, drove over a median, and almost hit several barrels marking off a construction site. When he pulled the car over, the officer said Mr. Jennings responded to questions with slurred speech, initially stating he had not consumed alcohol, but later saying he had drunk two beers. Mr. Jennings then failed three physical tests of his sobriety, the police officer said, and a breath test indicated a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit in Indiana.

Mr. Jennings, who has been president of the university since 2001 and previously was president of Oklahoma City University, was released from custody this morning. —Andrew Mytelka