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Former Principal in Legal Trouble Again

30-Sep-2013

A former Jay Middle School principal recently acquitted of DUI manslaughter in a Grand Lake boating accident has found himself in jail once again. Roger Shane Carroll, 40, of Eucha, was arrested on complaints of defrauding a restaurant, resisting arrest, and obstructing a police officer after he allegedly refused to pay his tab at a Bartlesville restaurant.

The manager at Buffalo Wild Wings told police that Carroll and three other men dined at the restaurant Tuesday evening, and their bill came to $94.97. He said that Carroll refused to pay the tab, saying that if the manager reported him to police, he would tell them that the establishment was serving alcohol to minors.

The restaurant manager called police, who found Carroll at a nearby motel. They told the man that the manager only requested that he sign his debit card receipt, but Carroll refuse, cursing at police officers. Carroll refused to answer police questions or to provide the names of the men who accompanied him to the restaurant--which means that, perhaps, he learned something from his earlier criminal investigation. Never talk to police without the advice and the presence of a criminal defense attorney.

Police arrested Carroll, and he was booked into jail and released on $986 bond. Carroll is set to appear in Bartlesville Municipal Court on October 10.

Carroll was previously accused of manslaughter following a fatal DUI boating accident that claimed the life of his friend, Monte Price, 39, in July 2012. In the Grand Lake accident, a boat carrying Brian Smith, 39; Price; Carroll; and Brooks Carroll, 17, struck a breakwater around 2:00 a.m., ejecting everyone but the elder Carroll, who was found injured in the boat. Police cited excessive speed and alcohol as factors in the crash. 

Carroll resigned from Jay Middle School after being criminally charged in the accident. In March of this year, a jury found Carroll not guilty of manslaughter following conflicting testimony about who was driving the boat when it crashed. Carroll said the victim was the driver of the boat, but prosecutors and Brian Smith said Carroll was driving. However, a paramedic who responded to the scene testified that on the night of the accident, Smith had said Price was the operator of the vehicle.

Without clear evidence putting Carroll behind the wheel, he was acquitted of first degree manslaughter.

After successfully negotiating one criminal trial, Carroll finds himself facing another--all over a less-than-$100 restaurant tab.




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