Elementary school assistant principal arrested for DUI in Columbus

Nellie Chapman
April 13, 2018

The assistant principal of Waddell Elementary School was taken into custody early Sunday and charged with DUI after the vehicle he was driving crashed through a barricade and into the Spring Fling pedestrian walk at the Columbus Civic Center.

42-year-old Eric Grigsby was identified as the driver of the auto.

He told the officer he drank a beer or two prior to operating his vehicle due to ongoing personal problems.

The officer performed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, walk and turn test, and one leg stance test. Grigsby failed the walk and turn and one leg stance test.

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"I am extremely proud of the integrity and moral courage displayed by the officers who intervened during this incident and their actions exemplify the culture of accountability the community should expect from this police department", Chief Lyle Martin said in a statement about the arrest.

Police placed Olson under arrest after they gave him a series of field sobriety tests.

A Murrieta man is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday on second-degree murder and drunken driving charges stemming from a fatal Palm Springs crash last month.

Eric Grigsby is listed as the Assistant Principal at Waddell Elementary School on the Muscogee County schools website.

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