CLARION TWP. - An alleged driving under the influence charge led a Clarion-Limestone School Board member to make a Sept. 14 public plea for forgiveness.

It was reported in the Sept. 14 edition of the CLARION NEWS that C-L board member Gary Sproul was arrested Sept. 1 in the borough of Lower Burrell in Westmoreland County on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

During the public comment portion of the board's meeting, Sproul addressed the assembled crowd and offered an apology for his indiscretion.

"I want to come before you as your school board representative and make a public apology to you," Sproul said. "I ask you for your forgiveness in failing in my life. It is not something that I do on purpose. I am a man of faith and a strong Christian. I went and got something to eat and I went up and asked for a specialty tea and what I got was not a specialty tea. I had never before that night ordered anything with hard alcohol. I was 30 seconds from the house when I was pulled over for a possible DUI. I have repented. I've gone to my church leaders and I am very, very sorry and I will never do that again."

Sproul stated he was in Lower Burrell to attend to the care of his disabled brother. Sproul stated his brother had went to bed early on the night in question and Sproul left the house to go find a Wi-Fi hotspot to attend to some school board work.

After issuing his apology, Sproul offered to speak to the health classes in the district to use the incident as a teachable moment.

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