Mid-South principal arrested for refusing DUI test, placed on leave, officials say

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A Mid-South principal was arrested over the weekend after he failed to move over for law enforcement and later refused a breathalyzer test.

Officials said Saturday around 6:30 p.m. Jacob Stripling was pulled over after he failed to move over for officers on Highway 61 near Bowdre Rd in Robinsonville.

Deputies said they pulled Stripling and he appeared to be under the influence.

They conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Stripling was taken to the Tunica County Jail.

Officials said once he was there he refused to give a breath sample.

Stripling is the principal at Olive Branch High School in DeSoto County, Mississippi.

He was charged with failure to move over and DUI 1st offense/refusal and later released on bond.

An initial court appearance has not been set yet.

According to DeSoto County Schools, Stripling was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.