- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts high school principal had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested for alleged drunk driving, court records show.

Plymouth South High School Principal James Hanna, 49, was arraigned Monday. He was fired from the school shortly after.

Hanna pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use, according to court records. He was arrested Saturday night after allegedly rear-ending another driver in Plymouth.

The police report stated the victim in the vehicle wasn’t hurt but his female passenger was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of neck and back pain.

Hanna’s attorney, Stephen Jones, when reached by phone by The Associated Press on Tuesday, said he had no comment.

Gary Maestas, superintendent of the Plymouth Public Schools, released a statement saying Hanna was released from his position “effective immediately.”

Hanna is due back in court March 3.

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