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UPDATE: Seneca High principal taking time off after DUI arrest

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Seneca High School Principal Kim Harbolt wasn't in school Monday following a DUI arrest over the weekend. 

JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey confirmed that Harbolt is taking some personal time off. 

In a letter sent to parents on Monday, Harbolt acknowledges she was charged in a "driving-related incident over the weekend." 

"I am requesting leave to take time to deal with this situation," Harbolt writes. "I care too much about the scholars and champions at Seneca High to allow this to be a disruption."

On Monday, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens released the following statement on Harbolt's arrest:

“As a school district, JCPS takes safe driving seriously. We work hard to teach our students the perils of driving under the influence and driving while distracted. I know it is difficult for Seneca High Schools students, their families and school staff that their principal faces charges. The lesson is: Every day we hold our students accountable for their actions. Every adult must be held accountable as well.”

In her letter, Harbolt, 37, also thanks people for "overwhelming support" saying she's received lots texts, calls and messages.  

According to an arrest report, Harbolt was arrested early Saturday morning on Breckinridge Lane in Saint Matthews.

Sources tell WDRB that she was at the school in Hikes Point celebrating homecoming festivities Friday night. 

The LMPD report says she was speeding, had glossy eyes and had trouble completing a field sobriety test.

Harbolt is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

The arrest report says that Harbolt had difficulty completing a field sobriety test. She recorded a .080 BAC in a breathalyzer test. 

It also states she told LMPD she finished two beers just 30 minutes before police stopped her.  

Desmond Henderson-Atkins, a Seneca High School junior says, "I just found out yesterday, no, when I went to school today. I didn't believe it, I didn't believe it."

Janae Smith, a Seneca High School Senior says, "It could have been anybody. She's just a principal, so they're making it a big old deal, but if it were just a normal person..."

Some students say they want her to come back and that she has a lot of support from them. 

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