Berkeley Teacher Facing LSD, DUI Charges

A Berkeley High School teacher is facing charges of possessing LSD and driving under the influence after leaving a San Rafael restaurant-bar owned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, authorities said.

A Berkeley High School teacher is due in court Feb. 4 after he was pulled over in San Rafael last month, arrested for DUI and found to have LSD in his possession, authorities said. 

Douglas Haight, 51, of Berkeley, was pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. on Dec. 1 by San Rafael police for running a red light, according to police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher. He told police he had been at Terrapin Crossroads, a bar and restaurant owned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, she said.

When Haight was stopped in his Toyota Camry, he exhibited signs of intoxication and was administered a field sobriety test, Rohrbacher said.

"He was very cooperative," she said.

Breath tests revealed blood alcohol levels of 0.13 and 0.12 percent, above the legal driving threshold of 0.08 percent, she said.

A bottle of liquid breath mint in his belongings tested positive for LSD after a booking deputy at the Marin County jail became suspicious of its contents, Rohrbacher said.

Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said Haight was freed on $10,000 bail on Dec. 6.

Berkeley Unified School District board documents show Haight was hired in August as a full-time independent-study teacher at Berkeley High for a position slated to run through June 14, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

After his arrest, he lost his teaching credential and his position at Berkeley High, the Huffington Post said.

Haight is charged with two LSD counts, one for possession and one for bringing it into a jail, Rohrbacher said.

Borden said Haight is due back in court on Feb. 4 to set a date for a preliminary hearing on two felony drug charges and two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level above 0.08.

Allen Cain January 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
PSS: allegedly driving impaired.
Allen Cain January 27, 2013 at 03:31 PM
PSSS: if it were an Albany teacher he would have also had a student in the car with him; so really the good news is that this could have been a complete disaster instead of a partial one... sorry for all of the afterthoughts.
Dave January 27, 2013 at 06:27 PM
none of that counts because it is all conjecture. this guy is going to lose his job and probably his pension if he is convicted of a felony. this is a complete disaster because someone is going to lose their lifes work over two beers and an very small amount of a mostly benign drug.
Tatter Salad January 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
If he were a tenured instructor, he'd still have a job. Factoids: The average has been less than 6 tenured teachers per year are given the boot in the entire State of CA. Reason? After 2-3 years of teaching they become 'tenured' and the schools (must) sign a contract with same. The teachers then have a battalion of Union Attorney's to represent them any time a school district hassles them. These attorney's are STARS at pushing a case out 2-3 years before making it into court. It would cost a school district around $100k for their attorney, and another $100k for the teacher's attorney (should the school lose).
Dover January 28, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Yes, it was the two beers that forced him to run a red light. Bad beers! Bad, BAD beers!


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