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Teacher in court for deadly DUI

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Christopher Purcell, in white shirt, leaving court on May 9, 2013. Christopher Purcell, in white shirt, leaving court on May 9, 2013.
Tracey Blevins (Source: Family photo) Tracey Blevins (Source: Family photo)
Judge Mitch Perry Judge Mitch Perry

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Public School teacher accused of driving drunk and killing a woman appeared before a judge.

Christopher Purcell, a plumbing and technical education teacher at Iroquois High School, is now on administrative leave after being charged with manslaughter and DUI.  

Late on August 3, 2012, Louisville Metro Police say Purcell hit a motorcycle near Strathmoor Boulevard and Bardstown Road in the Highlands killing Tracey Blevins, 31, a passenger on the bike.

According to LMPD, Purcell failed to give the right of way to the motorcycle. Court records state Purcell had a blood alcohol content of .088.

Purcell's defense told Judge Mitch Perry they are still going through the discovery phase and need more time before a trial date was set. Perry granted Purcell amended driving privileges allowing him to drive back and forth to work.

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