Baldwinsville crowdsurfing superintendent arrested for DWI – Eagle News Online
BALDWINSVILLE — Just over a year into his term as superintendent of the Baldwinsville Central School District, Jason Thomson has been arrested for drunk driving.
According to the Baldwinsville Police Department, Thomson was spotted surfing in the stands at the Oct. 7 football game. Students attending the game reported to district personnel that they suspected Thomson was intoxicated. Baldwinsville police officers present at the event have been notified.
Later that evening, at approximately 8:10 p.m., a BPD officer observed Thomson driving without a front license plate and making a turn without using his turn signal.
“The officer made contact with Mr. Thomson and alcohol involvement was detected; field sobriety tests were then administered,” read a statement from Baldwinsville Police Chief Mike Lefancheck.
Thomson, 48, was arrested and charged with the following: impaired driving, impaired driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08%, failure to use a flashing light and not front license plate.
Thomson was released on his own recognizance and is due in Baldwinsville Village Court at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.
TikTok user kareemaziz11 posted a video Friday night that appears to show Thomson surfing a sea of college students. The video is titled “Our Superintendent Crowd Surfs Hoco” and has the caption “absolutely no one does it like bville”.
absolutely no one does it like bville
♬ original sound – kareemaziz11
Katherine Case, a parent in the district, sent the Messenger additional videos and a photo that appeared to be from Snapchat. Case said he found the photo and video through Snapchat’s Map feature, which displays content created near a user’s geographic location. She said she didn’t know who originally posted the Snapchats, but the content was public.
Case also forwarded an email she received at 10:46 p.m. on Friday, October 7 through BCSD’s SchoolMessenger platform. The email was signed by BCSD Board of Education President Jennifer Patruno.
“The district is cooperating with local law enforcement in the investigation of this matter. We appreciate the school staff’s prompt response to this matter,” Patruno wrote. “As this is a personnel matter, the District is unable to comment further. Rest assured that the District takes this matter seriously and will take appropriate action if necessary. This is the expectation. that our district staff serve as role models for our students at all events.
Thomson was named superintendent last year. The BCSD Board of Education voted 7 to 1 at a special meeting on August 16, 2021 to approve the three-year agreement with Thomson. His annual starting salary was $196,000. His three-year contract with the district expires on August 16, 2024.
Prior to a brief stint at Ichabod Crane Central School District in the Hudson Valley, Thomson spent nine years as the Central School District Superintendent at Delaware Academy in Delhi, New York.