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W&L principal due in court on April 28

Washington & Lee High School Principal Andrea Michelle Roane is due back in Westmoreland County General District Court on April 28 to face charges of driving while intoxicated. A special prosecutor has been selected to try the case.

Roane appeared briefly in court last week after being arrested on DWI charges, as well as two other charges. The 39-year-old W&L principal was charged and held in jail overnight after the Nissan Altima she was driving skidded off the road during a snowstorm just before midnight on February 12.

One of Westmoreland County’s highest paid officials, Roane was initially charged with DWI, reckless driving and use of a handheld device while driving. In General District Court last week, prosecutors dropped the reckless driving charge.

Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol announced that she had requested a special prosecutor to handle the DWI charge and the charge of using a handheld device while driving.

“I have requested a special prosecutor for the case,” Sichol said.  “Ms. Roane and I have worked closely on several matters relating to the School, and I did not feel I could be unbiased in the prosecution of her case. Jane Wrightson, Northumberland County’s Com-monwealth’s Attorney, will prosecute the case.”

On Feb. 12, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Kim Simon and Rafael Torres responded after Roane’s car skidded off the road at the corner of Templemans Road and Neenah Road near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 202.

The arrest of a high school principal with the charge of driving while intoxicated is rare, and Westmoreland County School Superintendent Rebecca Lowery said that she is conferring with the Westmoreland County School Board about what action to take following the charges filed against Roane. “We will confer, and we will act in the best interests of the children,” Lowery said.  

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 the principal of Essex Intermediate School in Tappahannock, where she also served as assistant principal for three years.


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