A Monticello man who heads the Piedmont Academy, a preschool through 12th grade private school which has 12 seniors from Covington graduating this year, was arrested for driving under the influence April 26, according to a Georgia State Patrol incident report.
Michael Anthony Rossi, 48, was pulled over in a silver Dodge Durango shortly before 11 p.m. at a license checkpoint on Jackson Lake Road in Monticello.
According to the report, Rossi was very polite but slow, with a delay of about five to 10 seconds in his responses to questions, and had to be asked several times to walk back to the trooper's patrol vehicle. Rossi's eyes were described as "watery and bloodshot" and displayed horizontal gaze Nystagmus clues.
Rossi reportedly told the trooper he started drinking about 4 p.m. that day and had four glasses of wine. Breathalyzer tests registered a preliminary reading of .163 and a reading of .160. Rossi's wife also had high breath test readings and called a friend to pick up her and the car. Rossi was booked into the Jasper County Jail, where he registered a third reading of .152. The legal blood alcohol is .08.