SECTION, Ala. (WHNT) – Section High School’s football coach was arrested overnight on several charges, including driving under the influence.
An Alabama State Trooper stopped Joey Kirby in the Rosalie community for speeding on Alabama 71, the same highway where the school is located.
Kirby refused a field sobriety test. The trooper charged Kirby with DUI and also charged him with reckless driving, saying he was going 91 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.
Troopers say Kirby is also charged with having an open container of alcohol and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage. More charges are pending, troopers said.
Kirby was booked in the Jackson County Jail. We’re told he is being held for 24 hours, and will be released after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
WHNT News 19 has contacted Jackson County School Superintendent Ken Harding for comment. He has not returned our phone calls.
Kirby started coaching at Section High School in the fall of 2011. His brother is an assistant coach. Section’s football team went 6 and 4 in 2013.