The superintendent of Forsyth Public Schools was cited Feb. 24 night for drunken driving near Red Lodge and is currently on leave.
David Shreeve was stopped just before 7 p.m. by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Bill Bullock after Shreeve’s black Toyota truck struck the Beartooth Highway barricade that closes the road for the season.
“He crashed through it,” Bullock said.
It left the gate inoperable and attracted the attention of a group of friends camping at a site bellow the road, Bullock said. The campers drove down the highway until they could get cellphone reception and called authorities, he said.
The trooper found Shreeve at the gate in his truck, where he refused medical treatment.
Shreeve’s blood alcohol content was 0.225, nearly three times the legal limit, according to the citation. Shreeve was also cited for failure to obey instructions of traffic control devices, related to his collision with the barricade.
Shreeve has been ordered to appear in Carbon County Justice Court in Red Lodge on March 8.
Following the citation, Shreeve left school on personal leave, said Forsyth School District clerk and business manager, Bob Martelle.
“He’s not on administrative leave,” he said. “He’s on leave on his own request.”
Martelle declined to comment further on the situation or what impact it may have on the district.
“I’m not really at liberty to talk about it,” he said.
Shreeve was in Red Lodge Feb. 24 watching his school play in the boys Southern B Divisional basketball tournament.
Trustee Robert Thomas said a board meeting had been planned earlier this week to address the issue but was canceled.
The board’s regularly scheduled meeting is set for Monday. Thomas doesn’t know if the situation with Shreeve will be tackled then.