Meyersdale superintendent placed in ARD for DUI

March 28, 2019 GMT

Meyersdale Area School District Superintendent Tracey Karlie was among 43 defendants placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program Wednesday.

The 52-year-old educator agreed to spend six months in the program based on a driving under the influence offense. He will be able to clear his record if he completes the program.

On Aug. 25, Karlie was involved in a one-vehicle accident along Matlick Road in Summit Township with a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent, or double the legal limit.

Upon arriving at the accident scene, a trooper found that Karlie was not there, but his daughter and wife were present. Karlie had walked home, three-quarters of a mile. He returned to the scene more than two hours later. He requested and submitted to a standardized field sobriety test, which he allegedly was unable to perform, according to court documents filed by his attorney, David Flower of Somerset.

Karlie consented to being admitted into the program after the district attorney’s office informed him that his case was selected for the program subject to court approval. Karlie received that approval Wednesday from President Judge D. Gregory Geary.

If Karlie successfully completes the program and complies with the conditions placed on him by the court, the charges against him will be dismissed.

In November, after the DUI charge against Karlie surfaced, two former members of the Meyersdale school board, Diann and Brad Troutman, attended a public meeting and asked for his demotion. They also asked the board not to renew his contract in 2020. The board took no action at that meeting.

Karlie paid about $400 up front to enter the program and about $200 for the probationary costs associated with the six-month stint. He must pay $40 to the state police, $25 to emergency medical services and $75 to the Catastrophic Loss Benefits Continuation Fund. He was ordered to attend and successfully complete DUI school and the victim impact class as scheduled by the probation department, and pay for both.

Prior to being accepted into the program, Karlie was required to submit to a drug and alcohol assessment and to successfully complete any recommended treatment. He must pay for the process.

His annual salary for the 2018-19 school year is $120,600.