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Seneca High School principal Kim Harbolt pleads guilty on DUI charge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Seneca High School Principal charged with DUI pleaded guilty in a Jefferson County courtroom on Monday.

Kim Harbolt, 37, was arrested earlier this month for speeding and driving under the influence.

Her attorney, Patrick Renn, said her speeding charge was dismissed and his client will take diversion, which will allow her to avoid spending time in jail if she follows the conditions of her agreement.

In a statement to WDRB News, Harbolt said as a JCPS principal, she recognizes the "impact of my actions on our community and the families we serve."

"I am truly sorry for my mistake and I accept my responsibility and the consequences that follow. I will strive, as always, to model accountability and resilience for my Seneca scholars and my own children. I remain focused on moving forward with the excellent progress being made at Seneca High School. As we say, 'Failure is not an option.'"

The Louisville Metro Police Department report says Harbolt was speeding, had glossy eyes and had trouble completing a field sobriety test when she was arrested Feb. 7.

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.  

Sources told WDRB News Harbolt had been at the school in Hikes Point celebrating homecoming festivities a few hours before her arrest.

Harbolt has since taken some personal time off from the school. She told WDRB News Monday that she plans to return to her job this week.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens previously said "students are held accountable for their actions and adults must be held accountable too."

District officials say they haven't decided whether Harbolt will face additional disciplinary action.

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