- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An assistant Spartanburg High School cross country coach is on paid administrative leave after her arrest for driving under the influence while taking seven members of the girls’ team to a meet in the Lowcountry.

Media outlets report that Dedra Kiser, 42, was stopped late Friday afternoon on Interstate 26 in North Charleston while taking the team to a meet on James Island in a school van.

Kiser was released from the Charleston County Jail on Saturday night after posting bond on charges of DUI and child endangerment.

The students were taken to a Highway Patrol substation after the Chevy Suburban was stopped. They were later picked up by their parents.

It was not immediately clear if Kiser had an attorney.

“One thing I want to make clear is that I will never compromise the safety of our children,” Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker said Monday. “Everybody is safe, and that’s what I’m most happy about.”

According to an incident report, the Highway Patrol received a report of a driver who may have been under the influence.

The report states that a Goose Creek police officer driving on the interstate at the time told a patrol trooper that “they were swerving over the fog line, straddling lanes of traffic, and almost hit another car.”


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