Beaufort High School assistant principal charged with DUI

tbarton@beaufortgazette.comMay 6, 2013 

Dan Tooman

A Beaufort High School assistant principal was placed on paid leave Monday after his arrest Sunday on charges of driving under the influence.

Daniel Scott Tooman, 34, was pulled over by a city of Beaufort police officer at about 3:15 a.m. on Boundary Street for "driving left of center," according to an incident report.

"The officer smelled a strong odor of a consumable alcoholic beverage coming from the subject's breath and body," according to Beaufort Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Hope Able.

Tooman was charged with first-offense driving under the influence and driving left of center. A breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 -- more than twice the legal limit, according to Able.

Tooman was released after posting $2,267 and $237.50 personal recognizance bonds, according to online jail and court records.

Attempts Monday to reach Tooman were unsuccessful.

Acting Beaufort County School District superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said Tooman informed Beaufort High principal Corey Murphy on Sunday of his arrest.

"He was extremely remorseful and apologetic for his being arrested," Rosswurm said, adding that he was "very responsive" to requirements he must meet to remain employed by the district.

Rosswurm would not reveal what those requirements are, saying they are a confidential personnel matter.

Rosswurm said she was saddened by the news, describing Tooman as "an incredible assistant principal."

"I was very concerned," she added, "because he serves in a very visible and important role in terms of his relationship with students."

Tooman was hired by the district in 2003 as a career and technology-education teacher at Battery Creek High School, where he worked until 2005, when he became a physical education teacher at Port Royal Elementary. He moved back to Battery Creek High in 2008 and also was the Dolphins' baseball coach.

He started at Beaufort High this past August, according to school district spokesman Jim Foster.

School board members reached Monday were unaware of Tooman's arrest and declined comment.

Tooman is responsible for the supervision of teachers and 350 students in Beaufort High's health professions program, according to Murphy.

"I was shocked," Murphy said of Tooman's arrest. "It was an unfortunate mistake not ... indicative of his quality of work as an educator, which has been exemplary.

"A mistake was obviously made ... which has served as a very tough lesson learned for him and students. It was a poor choice that he made and now he's going to have to stand up and face the consequences."

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