- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) - An Aiken County Public Schools official says a principal has been placed on leave after being arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence.

Public information officer Merry Glenne Piccolino tells the Augusta Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1inn60z ) that 39-year-old Michael Bradley Watson self-reported the incident and is on leave. The Hammond Hills Elementary principal in South Carolina was booked into the Aiken County jail Oct. 22.

Watson was charged with driving under the influence first offender and open container.

Authorities say police discovered 18 empty beer cans and a half inch of spilled beer in the bottom of his console. There were another four cold unopened cans in the passenger seat with two cans missing from the six-pack ring. Another five unopened cans and two empty 12-pack boxes were found throughout the vehicle.

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