The principal at Northwest High School, who has a previous conviction of drunken driving, faces a new DWI charge following his arrest in December by Trophy Club police, according to court records.
Jason Childress, 40, of Haslet, who recently accepted a position as the assistant athletic director for the Northwest school district, was booked into jail Dec. 16, jail records show. He posted $5,000 bail on Dec. 17. Details of his arrest were not available Tuesday.
Just over a month after that December arrest, Childress was involved in a traffic accident on U.S. 287 when his truck was T-boned by a sport utility vehicle, a traffic report states.
Childress declined to comment Tuesday.
Northwest school district spokeswoman Emily Conklin was asked Tuesday if the district had taken any disciplinary action against Childress. "To keep in accordance with privacy laws of government employees, the school district is limited with what can be shared about employees," she answered in an email.
Childress remains the principal at Northwest High School until the end of the school year before he will transfer to his new position, Conklin said in the email.
After the Jan. 25 wreck on U.S. 287 at Avondale Haslet Road in unincorporated Tarrant County, Childress told Tarrant County Sheriff's Office deputies that he was driving his 2013 Dodge Ram south on U.S. 287 and had a yellow light when he went through the intersection, according to a crash report. A 2004 Chevrolet Suburban traveling east on Avondale Halset Road went through the intersection and collided with Childress' truck on the passenger side.
A woman in the Suburban was injured, according to the report.
In 2012, Keller police arrested Childress and he was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to court records. He later pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to 15 months' probation and 40 hours of community service. He completed the requirements in 2013, according to Denton County criminal court records.
At that time, Childress was an assistant principal at Byron Nelson High School.
He was a science teacher at Chisholm Middle School from 2008 to 2010; a teacher and coach at Sanger from 2007 to 2008; a science teacher at Southlake Carroll in 2003-07; and a science teacher and coach in Lubbock in 2002-03, according his profile on the Northwest school district website.