El Dorado County Schools Superintendent Arrested for DUI

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PLACERVILLE--

El Dorado County School Superintendent Jeremy Meyers was booked at the county jail on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The original incident happened on Tuesday, June 9, at 2:45 in the afternoon, according to El Dorado County District Attorney Spokesman Dave Stevenson.

For more than two months, Meyers has been fighting a charge behind the scenes.

According to the criminal complaint, he had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.

Meyers pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of DUI. His sentence, according to his attorney, Paul Zappettini, includes four years of probation, thousands of dollars in fines and five days in jail -- though Zappettini said his client won’t do any time.

"He is moving forward like anybody who has the unfortunate circumstance of having had this happen,” Zappettini said.

He says despite the seriousness of the crime, his client is still fit to be superintendent.

"He realizes this is a personal mistake, it has nothing to do with his work, and he will deal with it on a personal level,” Zappettini said.

Meyers has worked with the El Dorado County Office of Education for more than a decade, and served as superintendent for two years. The office released a statement which included the following:

“The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is aware that County Superintendent Jeremy Meyers was cited for driving under the influence. He is dealing with this matter on a personal basis. EDCOE will continue to focus on delivering quality service and support to the community.”

Up to this point, the district has yet to levy any disciplinary action. Parents of students in El Dorado County schools, however, weren’t so forgiving.

"It's pretty upsetting, my daughter goes here and my other daughter goes to Herbert green so yeah, that's shocking, I didn't even know about it,” said Tonya McNulty.

"Not really wanting to see me daughter see something like that, find out that that's her superintendent of the whole school system,” John Berry said.

Meyers, himself, released a statement on the incident:

"On June 9, 2015, I received a DUI citation.  To my family, the incredible staff at the El Dorado County Office (EDCOE) and all of the students and families in El Dorado County, I sincerely apologize for this personal mistake.  I have already accepted responsibility and am personally dealing with my error in judgment. Most importantly, I want everyone to know that this will not interfere with the great work of EDCOE in continuing to provide quality education for all of the children and families in our county.  Thank you for your understanding."