Baldwinsville school district superintendent charged with DWI after football game, police say

Baldwinsville, NY — The Baldwinsville School District superintendent was charged Friday night with DWI after he was suspected of being drunk at a football game, police said.

Several students told police they believed Jason Thomson, 48, had been drinking after he was seen surfing in the student section of the bleacher during a game at Baker High School, the Baldwinsville chief said, Michael Lefancheck, in a press release.

Shortly after, at around 8:10 p.m., police said they saw Thomson driving without a front license plate and making a turn without signaling, Lefancheck said.

Police determined Thomson was drinking and gave him a field sobriety test, police said. He had a blood alcohol level over 0.08%, Lefancheck said.

Thomson was arrested and charged with drunk driving. He is due to appear in the village court on October 26, police said.

School board president Jennifer Patruno posted a statement about Thomson’s arrest on Facebook Friday night.

“We appreciate the prompt response from school staff to address this matter. As this is a staff matter, the district is unable to comment further,” Patruno said. “Rest assured that the district takes this matter seriously and will take appropriate action if necessary.”

Thomson was named superintendent in 2021. The school board approved him 7-1.

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