In the hours before he was pulled over for DUI, (superintendent Dr. Richard) Mextorf had gone to visit a friend and, "unfortunately, drank way too much," (Attorney Joseph) Amendola said. He said Mextorf made another bad decision in trying to drive back to State College -- "ironically because he didn't want to miss work."
The article also notes that he drank because of the pressures of being a superintendent:
Amendola said that Mextorf is not a chronic alcoholic by any stretch; rather, he said, Mextorf found himself facing a lot of pressure -- much of it self-imposed -- from his job as State College superintendent.
"I think the pressure kind of surprised him -- coming from another school district where I don't think the parents typically are as involved as maybe they are in the State College area," Amendola said. " ... I think it got to a point where it overwhelmed him."
The maximum penalty for Mextorf's DUI is six months in jail. His attorney is seeking a plea bargain.