Siegel coach arrested for DUI

Siegel coach arrested for DUI

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Siegel coach arrested for DUI

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MURFREESBORO

Siegel High boys basketball coach Ben Dotson was arrested for DUI and refusing to take a blood alcohol test early Sunday morning.

Dotson has led Siegel to two state tournament appearances in three seasons as head coach. He declined comment to The Daily News Journal when reached by phone Tuesday morning.

Dotson, 41, was found at fault in a car crash at 12:15 a.m. Sunday on Hwy. 231 North in front of the V.A. Golf Course, according to a Murfreesboro Police arrest report. The arresting officer, Trey Mansfield, reported that Dotson had “slurred speech (and) red and watery eyes,” as well as a “strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on Mr. Dotson’s breath and unsteady on his feet.”

Dotson was given three field sobriety tests, but failed each one, according to the MPD report.

In addition to DUI, Dotson was charged with violation of implied consent law for refusing to take a blood alcohol test during booking into the Rutherford County jail.

Dotson’s bond was $1,500. Court date is July 24.

Dotson’s job status has not changed, according to Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans. It is the policy of the Rutherford County Board of Education that it does not have jurisdiction to punish employees for alleged crimes outside of their job duties.

There are, of course, some exceptions.

“If it is a violent crime or child abuse, for example, where there is a potential danger to children, that’s a different situation,” Evans said, “or if it is a driver’s ed teacher, for example, that gets a DUI. That would affect his job. But with (other instances) it is the opinion of our legal department that (the Board) has no jurisdiction to punish unless it is connected to their job duties.”

School employees are required to notify their supervisor within 72 hours of an arrest, per Board policy. Dotson reported his arrest to both Rutherford County Schools Director Harry Gill and new Siegel High principal Jason Bridgeman on Monday.

Dotson took over as Siegel boys basketball coach in 2009, and he has amassed a 77-23 record. His 2011 squad went 34-3 and reached the Class AAA state semifinal. Last season, Siegel went 19-11 and lost to Blackman in the Region 4-AAA semifinal.

Before becoming head coach, Dotson was an assistant under former Siegel head coach Chris Harris, as part of three other state tournament teams.

Dotson was also previously an assistant at White County High, director of basketball operations at UT-Chattanooga, and an assistant at both Hiwassee College and Martin Methodist College. A 1993 MTSU graduate, Dotson was a manager and student assistant coach for the Blue Raiders under the late Bruce Stewart.

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