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Coach Charged With DUI
A mountain high school football coach is facing drunk driving charges.
48-year-old Tony Plemmons had been Franklin High School's defensive line coach and golf coach until last week. He was arrested after running a red light and colliding with another vehicle while leaving a Clemson football game two weeks ago. Plemmons was charged with DUI and failure to obey traffic control devices.
According to the police report filed with the Seneca South Carolina Police Department, Plemmons told the officer he had about six beers at the game. When the officer asked him to perform sobriety tests, Plemmons responded by saying I can't perform these when I'm sober.
The report indicates Plemmons blood alcohol was recorded at .16. That's twice the legal limit in South Carolina.
Ellen Pitt with Mothers Against Drunk Driving says Franklin parents are upset.
"They entrust their children to these people to be mentored and taught and coached and all these things. And so their expectation is that they'll at least follow the law," said Pitt.
Macon County school leaders have suspended Plemmons indefinitely from coaching, but he remains an in-school suspension coordinator for Franklin High.
Parents in Franklin were reluctant to make any comment, but some residents like Ginger Brinton say Plemmons is entitled to due justice.
"I realize he's been arrested and he's been charged. But I believe a person is innocent until they're proven guilty and I don't believe punishment should be handed out until that has been proven," said Brinton.
By Rex Hodge
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