LIBERTY CITY, TX (KLTV) - It was early Friday morning that the superintendent of Sabine schools, 49-year-old Stacey Bryce, was stopped by Gregg County deputies on Highway 80.
"Deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically on Highway 80 on the Gregg County line," said Lt. David Dickerson, with the Upshur Co. sheriffs office.
Bryce was stopped by deputies around 1:38 in the morning. A field sobriety test was administered and deputies said it was clear he was intoxicated. He bonded out just an hour and a half before morning classes started.
"The deputy smelled the strong odor of alcohol and asked the driver to exit the vehicle," said Dickerson. "[He] noticed he was unsteady on his feet. [Bryce is] charged with Driving While Intoxicated."
Respected and well liked, his arrest sent shock waves through the community of Liberty City.
"I'm very disappointed, very disillusioned that this type of thing happened," said Eva Schuler of Liberty City. "I feel like our superintendent is held to a higher standard."
"These things could happen to any one of us, but somebody in that position you just can't really forgive them, and he also didn't come in and tell administrators immediately they had to find out," said Shelby Pace.
The district responded with an official statement saying they are monitoring the case, and just as any citizen in the United States, Bryce is presumed to be innocent, but some want immediate action.
"Submitting his resignation," said Schuler. "He sets an example for the rest of our kids we can't tolerate this type of action."
No action has been taken against the superintendent. The Sabine school board already had a scheduled meeting for Monday night. There is no word if they will discuss the superintendent's situation.