Former Milton principal sentenced for DUI wrecks in Forsyth - CBS46 News

Former Milton principal sentenced for DUI wrecks in Forsyth

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A former principal who resigned after being arrested for three consecutive DUI wrecks has pleaded guilty to some of the charges.

Forsyth County News reports 37-year-old former Milton High School principal Nathan Buhl was sentenced last Tuesday to serve six months of probation for two counts of failure to report an accident.

He must also complete 20 hours of community service and pay about $1,100 in fees.

Buhl had already been ordered to spend 90 days in jail for the third accident, which happened in Cherokee County.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Buhl had been involved in two consecutive hit-and-run accidents in Forsyth County last July. He turned himself in after his vehicle was found wedged between two trees in Cherokee County later that night.

A tire was missing and there were car parts and debris strewn all over two lawns.

Firefighters had to cut away the windshield to pull Buhl out of his badly battered Chrysler 200.

"He ad his passenger side mirror was pretty much wrecked, and he had a flat tire also," Glen Edseth said. Edseth's truck was parked in the street in front of his Forsyth County home when he heard it get hit. When he ran outside Edseth said he saw Buhl driving erratically through his neighborhood.

"I suppose he probably didn't have any idea what he was doing," Edseth said. "The driver side tail light was damaged and a streak was left on the side of the truck from the impact of the side mirror."

Edseth said his son-in-law ran outside after the initial crash and was able to get Buhl's license number, which deputies confirmed on the crashed car roughly 20 miles down the road. The report stated the rim on the driver side "was ground down, like it had been driven on for a long distance."

Edseth said he was shocked to learn the person arrested was a high school principal.

"I think he has got some serious issues to take care of," Edseth said.

According to the report, the responding deputy noted a smell of alcohol coming from Buhl's breath, as well as his eyes being glassy and blood shot and his speech slurred.

Buhl admitted to the deputy that he had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, but did not know how many drinks he had. He also told the deputy he did not recall either of the accidents he was believed to be involved in.

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