New details on East Limestone High School football coach’s DUI arrest

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 4:23 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - A Tennessee Valley football coach was arrested early Sunday.

Deputies with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office say the Alabama Law Enforcement Association arrested East Limestone High School head football Jeffery Allan Pugh. Pugh is charged with DUI and improper lane use.

Sheriff spokesperson Stephen Young says Pugh was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Sunday and released on a $3,000 bond.

A school system spokesperson released a short statement on the arrest:

“Limestone County Schools is aware of the situation regarding an East Limestone High School employee. The district will address the situation after an investigation has been conducted.”

According to the arrest report, the trooper says Pugh was driving in the middle of the road on U.S. 72 in Limestone County. The trooper said he found an open case of beer and empty bottles in the truck bed.

The trooper said Pugh told him he had one drink or maybe two and that he had gone somewhere to pick someone up. Pugh’s son was called to drive Pugh’s vehicle and take his intoxicated passenger home.

According to the report, Pugh said he understood ghe trooper had a job to do, but this would hurt Pugh’s profession.

The trooper said while he was driving Pugh to jail, Pugh said Sheriff Mike Blakely was his first cousin, and he had a few other connections.

The report states that once in jail, Pugh refused to submit to a breath test.

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