Domestic Violence Call Led To DWI Arrest of Sweet Home Principal Greg Smorol

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Video: Principal Arrested for DWI and Domestic Violence

Video: Domestic Violence Call Led To Principal's DWI Arrest

Gregory Smorol; Photo from Sweet Home Middle School website.

BUFFALO, NY - A domestic violence call early Sunday morning led to a local principal's second DWI arrest in three years.

Sweet Home Middle school principal Greg Smorol lives with his girlfriend at a home in East Aurora.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Sunday at 3:30 a.m., Smorol's girlfriend called 9-1-1 saying that someone was trying to break into the home.

When deputies went to the home, they say they found Smorol's car on the front lawn and they arrested him for DWI.

Smorol refused a breathalyzer test at the scene, and because of that his driver's license was immediately suspended.

Three years ago, Smorol was arrested in Elma with a blood alcohol level of .21, which is more than two and a half times the legal limit.

Smorol was convicted of DWI in that case, but apparently was permitted to return to his job as the principal of Sweet Home Middle school.

A school board meeting was held Tuesday night but the superintendent, board members and district officials declined to comment on either case, citing its personnel policy. Only one member of the Sweet Home P.T.A. 2 On Your Side's Josh Boose spoke with would comment at all; saying, "We're all human. This was a mistake. He is a good guy."

Monday, the school district suspended Smoral with pay.

"This is someone we look up to in the community and somebody that's looking over our children," said Elizabeth Obad, the local head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Scott Brown: "If he is convicted of a second DWI do you believe he should not be dealing with children?"

Elizabeth Obad: "I guess we have to hope that the school system is going to do what's needed to be done."

Because this is Smoral's second DWI arrest, he's been automatically charged with felony DWI.

District Attorney Frank Sedita says his office's policy is to not offer any plea deals in felony DWI cases.

Sedita says 20% of all of the felonies his office prosecutes are for Driving While Intoxicated.

Scott Brown: "Typically before someone is caught drinking and driving how many times might they have done this?"

Elizabeth Obad: "Our research from MADD and the statistics we have available show that most people before they get that drunk driving arrest and conviction have been driving drunk 87 times."

The Sheriff's Department says Smoral is still under investigation on domestic violence charges.

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