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Orange County Schools board member found guilty of DWI

Ted Triebel
Ted Triebel

An Orange County Schools board of education member was found guilty today of driving while impared, assistant district attorney Jeff Nieman said.

Ted Triebel, a former chairman of the board, received the lightest sentence for his crime: 30 days with a suspended license, a court fee and a community services fee, Nieman said.

It is unclear whether Triebel will be allowed to continue serving on the board.

"We have to meet and talk about that before anybody can give comment," board member Eddie Eubanks said.

The case was delayed because the State Bureau of Investigation had to test samples of Triebel's blood taken at the hospital after his car crashed, Nieman said. Test results showed a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration, he said.

The head of the lab and the lab technician testified today that the samples remained in their custody after the defense in the case argued that there was a break in the chain of custody, Nieman said.

Triebel asked for and received a court order so he can drive to work and for family purposes, Nieman said.

He received the lightest sentence because he had an otherwise clean driving record and his blood alcohol concentration was not high, Nieman said.

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