Updated on: 6/1/2018Gig Harbor High School Principal Ted Strong has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest for involvement in a drunken-driving and hit-and-run incident. Strong was also served with a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his two children, as well as from visiting his family’s home or his wife’s workplace.
According to sources, Strong’s personal life has been one of chaos in the past month or so. His wife, Stephanie Strong, filed for divorce on March 2 citing severe alcohol abuse, harassment and Ted Strong’s attempt to purchase a pistol.
On March 19, Strong reportedly showed up at the family’s house on Fox Island where he appeared drunk, according to his wife. He was taken away by deputies and handed over to his brother, whom he was reportedly living with since his wife filed for divorce.
The next day, Strong was arrested on DUI and hit-and-run charges after police received reports of his vehicle hitting another on Fox Island and then fleeing the scene. Strong admitted he was involved in the crash and said that he fled because he thought the other driver was angry.
Officers determined Strong’s blood-alcohol level to be .109 at the time of the arrest – over the legal limit of .08 – and he was cited for drunken driving and hit and run. He was later released.
Drunk Driving Statistics
- In 2010, 170 people died in alcohol-related traffic collisions in Washington State – that’s approximately 1 fatality every 2.1 days.
- 37 percent of all traffic deaths in Washington State involved a DUI in 2010.