Carlton Middle and High School Principal Barry Wolff has been arrested for fourth-degree driving while impaired. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sherburne County on Friday, Jan. 31.
On Dec. 27, 2019, an officer with the Big Lake Police Department pulled Wolff over in Sherburne County after his pickup truck crossed the center and fog lines and made a wide turn onto Highway 10 from County Road 81, according to the criminal complaint. Wolff failed standard field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of 0.13%, the complaint said.
The Carlton School District is aware of the situation, Superintendent Gwen Carman said in a statement sent by email to the Pine Journal.
"We are looking into the available information and determining whether, given the timing and location of the incident, it impacts his employment with the school district," Carman said. "Mr. Wolff remains employed by the school district and continues to perform his duties."
Wolff was hired in October on an interim basis after previous principal Barry Fischer resigned early in the school year. Fischer left to take a job with Duluth Public Schools.
Wolff was previously the executive director of North Shore Community School, a K-6 charter school located between Duluth and Two Harbors. He resigned from that post in July 2017.
He could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted.