Pulaski High School principal charged with DWI

Pulaski High School Principal Michael Bateson, pictured in his Feb. 9 mugshot, was charged with aggravated DWI after police say his BAC measured more than twice the legal limit.

HASTINGS — Pulaski High School Principal Michael Bateson has been charged with drunk driving after police say he was found with twice the legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC).

Bateson, 47, of Brewerton, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Feb. 9, according to a Monday release from the New York State Police.

Troopers responded to a disabled vehicle in the median of I-81 Feb. 9 and after a short investigation “noticed [Bateson] was intoxicated,” according to Trooper Jack Keller.

Police subsequently arrested Bateson and he was transported, processed, fingerprinted and photographed at the state police station, Keller said. Police allege Bateson’s BAC registered at .18 percent. The legal limit in New York is .08.

Bateson was released to a third party and issued an appearance ticket, police said. Bateson is scheduled to appear in Hastings Town Court Feb. 27.

Pulaski Academy and Central School District Superintendent Tom Jennings in a statement Monday confirmed Bateson’s employment as Pulaski High School (PHS) principal but did not elaborate on the situation.

Jennings’ statement contained a message from Bateson as well.

“As an educator, it is my responsibility to set a positive example for students at all times. I deeply regret and am ashamed of my personal failure that occurred outside of work, over the weekend,” Bateson said in the statement. “I would like students, staff, parents and my own family to know that my poor choices have consequences that I fully accept. Moving forward, I will work my hardest to set a better example.”

Bateson has been employed with the distict since 1994, according to a 2015 press release announcing his appointment as PHS principal.

A Whitesboro native, Bateson holds degrees from SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego, according to a press release announcing his appointment as Pulaski Middle School principal in 2013. Bateson also served as a class adviser and sports coach.

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