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The principal of Washington & Lee High School has requested and received a continuance of her Westmoreland County General District Court appearance on charges of drunk driving and use of a handheld device while driving.
Andrea Roane, 40, had been scheduled in court to answer the charges on April 28. But Friday, her attorney, Fleet Dillard of Tappahannock, requested a continuance of the case against her, and she was given a new court date of June 24.
Roane was charged after the Nissan Altima she was driving skidded off the road during a snowstorm just before midnight on Feb. 12. One of Westmoreland County's highest paid officials, Roane was charged with driving while intoxicated and use of a handheld device while driving.
Westmoreland County Commonwealth's Attorney Julia Sichol announced that she had requested a special prosecutor to handle the two charges, and Northumberland Commonwealth's Attorney Jane Wrightson was selected. Wrightson did not oppose Roane's request for a continuance.
Roane's car skidded off the road in February at the corner of Templemans Road and Neenah Road near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 202 in Westmoreland County. Sheriff's officers said Roane was cooperative with officers when they arrived on the scene.
Deputy Sheriffs Kim Simon and Rafael Torres arrested Roane at the scene, and she was taken to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, where she was held overnight before being released on her own recognizance.
Because of the message it sends to students and the community, Roane's arrest has caused a stir among parents and officials in Westmoreland County. There were seven high school principals convicted of the charge nationwide last year. All of those school principals were suspended, placed on leave while attending rehabilitation, or terminated. Roane, however, has remained on the job.
Roane, a native of Westmoreland County who graduated from W&L in 1993, was named Principal of the high school at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Previously, she was Principal of Essex Intermediate School in Tappahannock, where she also served as Assistant Principal for three years.
Roane is a graduate of Hampton University and has a Masters Degree from George Washington University. She began her career as a special education teacher in Virginia Beach. In November 2011, Roane was elected to the Westmoreland County School Board, but she resigned her post after just six months to accept the W&L principal's position.