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2 Wicomico Educators Face DUI Charges

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SALISBURY, Md.— Two Wicomico County educators face DUI charges of alcohol after being pulled over by sheriff's deputies this month.

Christopher Philomen Nunzio, 55, of Salisbury, who is the principal of Prince Street Elementary School, was stopped by a Wicomico County Sheriff's Office deputy shortly after 11 p.m. Friday in the area of Nanticoke Road at Parsons Road. Police said the vehicle had been weaving on the road and at one point nearly sideswiped the deputy's patrol car prior to the traffic stop. When the deputy made contact with Nunzio, police said the odor of alcohol could be detected coming from the vehicle. When the deputy asked Nunzio if he had been drinking, police said Nunzio replied that he was coming from a party at a restaurant. 

According to police, after having Nunzio exit the vehicle the deputy asked for Nunzio to undertake sobriety testing to which Nunzio reportedly asked, "What's that?" Authorities said further requests were made to gain Nunzio's compliance with conducting sobriety testing to which Nunzio reportedly replied "can't" and "no."

Police said that based on the manner of driving Nunzio displayed and the overwhelming odor of alcohol along with other indicators observed by the deputy, Nunzio was placed under arrest for DUI. During processing, Nunzio refused to submit to a breath test, according to police. Following his arrest, Nunzio was released upon the issuance of citations.  

The other educator arrested for DUI was Howard John Kotz III, 31, of Salisbury, the dean of students at Choices, the alternative school in Wicomico County. He was arrested the evening of March 7 after a sheriff's deputy responded to the report of an apparently inebriated person in the parking lot of a Salisbury area day care who had picked up his 4-year-old child and was trying to drive away in a vehicle.

Police said that upon arrival, the deputy located Kotz in his vehicle in the parking lot and immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Kotz. Authorities said that because of the odor and other observations, the deputy began a battery of sobriety tests after which the deputy believed that Kotz was under the influence of alcohol.

During processing Kotz refused to submit to a breath test and was arrested for DUI, according to police. Kotz was released upon the issuance of citations.

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