A Lynn Camp High School teacher has been arrested for DUI for a second time over the weekend, and Knox Schools officials are tight-lipped about the incident.
Ray Eric Canady, 40, of Corbin, has been charged with second-offense DUI and for speeding 19 mph over the limit following a traffic stop by Kentucky State Police Saturday.
According to an arrest citation, Canady was pulled over by KSP Trooper Dallas Eubanks after he was observed allegedly traveling 54 mph in a 35 mph zone on KY 1629 (Ohler Road), about three miles east of Corbin.
He failed field sobriety tests. An Intoxilyzer test administered to him at the Barbourville Police Department more than an hour after he was arrested show his blood alcohol level to be .184 – more than double the legal limit of .08.
Canady is listed as an "Exceptional Learning Teacher" at Lynn Camp High School.
Lynn Camp High Vice Principal Anthony Pennington said he was unaware of Canady’s arrest and deferred all questions to school Principal Amy Bays and District Superintendent Walter T. Hulett.
Bays could not be reached for comment despite numerous attempts to contact her Tuesday. Likewaise,neither Hulett nor school district Public Relations Director Frank Shelton returned calls seeking comment.
This was Canady’s second arrest for DUI. In Aug. 2008 he was arrested by KSP Trooper Kelly Farris for DUI and for driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He eventually pleaded guilty to the charges and was given a 30-day jail sentence, which was probated, and fined $718. His license was also suspended for 90 days.
After his most recent arrest, Canady was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center. Oddly, neither his name nor photo appears on the detention center’s Jailtracker system as being a former inmate.
Knox County Jailer Larry D. Hammons said he is unsure why Canady did not appear on the Jailtracker system like all other inmates do. Knox Detention Center records show Canady spent about an hour at the facility before he bonded out.
"I don’t know why he’s not showing on Jailtracker," Hammons said.
Canady appeared in Knox District Court and pleaded not guilty to both charges Monday. He is free on a $2,500 surety bond. As part of the conditions of his pretrial release, Knox District Judge Skip Hammons ordered that he not drive a motor vehicle or commit any further violations while out on bond.
Canady is scheduled to appear in court again for a pretrial conference in Knox District Court Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m.