Just months after losing his coaching job at Crispus Attucks High School and landing a new one at Anderson, basketball coach Phil Washington was suspended over the weekend after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge.
Police found Washington passed out in his car in a Pizza King parking lot about 4 a.m. Saturday, according to court documents. Police said the car was in drive but stopped, partly blocking the northbound lane of Raible Avenue.
Police awakened Washington, the documents say, at which point he indicated that he’d been drinking and that he’d driven approximately five miles from a gas station on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Anderson.
Washington failed sobriety tests, the documents said, including a blood alcohol content test that showed results of 0.11. A person with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered drunk in Indiana.
“Anderson Community Schools is immediately placing AHS Head Basketball Coach, Mr. Phillip Washington, on administrative leave, suspending him from all teaching and coaching duties while an internal investigation is being conducted,” the school system said in a statement, Fox59 reported.
Washington, an Anderson native, was the City Coach of the Year in 2014-15 at Attucks after leading the Tigers to a 19-6 record and second consecutive sectional title. He was suspended in December as a teacher and coach for “improper behavior as an athletic coach” after the Indiana High School Athletic Association ruled that two former Anderson students had played for Attucks during the summer and at open gym before they were officially enrolled.
Attucks parents and students rallied behind Washington, protesting his removal. Washington was initially reassigned to a different Indianapolis Public School, but opted instead to take the coaching position in Anderson.
IndyStar reporter Kyle Neddenriep contributed to this story.
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