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High School Football Coach Faces Second DWI

Posted July 25, 2007
Updated July 26, 2007

— A head football coach faces a charge of driving while impaired, the second time he has been accused while employed at a Robeson County high school.

Mark Heil flipped his car twice while going around a curve on Secondary Road 2238 in Cumberland County, according to a police report. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened June 27.

Heil registered a 0.13 blood alcohol content in a breath test, according to a police report.

Heil, who coaches at Purnell Swett High School, was charged with DWI and reckless driving. His license has been revoked for 30 days, according to Cumberland County court records.

The Robeson County Board of Education learned of the charges against Heil late Monday, said school officials.

The school board was scheduled to meet Wednesday night but had not announced whether it would address Heil's arrest.

Officials said the school board also was unaware until Monday that Heil had pled guilty to DWI charges in 1991. That occurred during Heil's his first tenure as Purnell Swett's head football coach.

Heil left Purnell Swett to coach at Cape Fear High School in 1994. He returned to Purnell Swett last season.

Heil's first court appearance is set for Aug. 21, four days after his team's first game.


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  • Snoopy Jul 26, 2007

    He was just thirsty....Gosh!

  • strolling bones Jul 26, 2007

    Why is it we expect everyone to be role models for our kids..everyone is a role modes alright..some are just not good role models.

  • uncwgirl02 Jul 26, 2007

    I watch a lot of court tv and crime shows, and I heard recently that after 10 pm at night, every 1 out of 12 drivers is under the influence. Scary thought.

  • strolling bones Jul 26, 2007

    Our high school football coach taught biology..did not know that whales were mammals..in the summer he taught drivers ed...he told us he drank to settle his nerves lol...I now realize he was tanked most of the time...but we must not allow this with todays milktoast youths who must be protected at all costs....

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Jul 26, 2007

    As a parent (a CFHS parent) appropriate action MUST be taken not only by law enforcement, the justice system, but as well, the Robeson County school system!
    this story should read "former coach"

    An example must be made. Heil has certainly set NO example for our children!!!

  • Gandalf Jul 26, 2007

    ‘The school board was scheduled to meet Wednesday night but had not announced whether it would address Heil's arrest.’
    Would tend to believe odds are in favor they will address this and come Thursday Heil will be out of a job. Guess he never watched Forest Gump and missed the line – “Stupid is as stupid does”

  • piratepeople Jul 26, 2007

    I think they need a revised story-"The former coach....." Why does he still have a job? What a role model!

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  • scorekeep Jul 26, 2007

    Get him in rehab!

  • sixpointedbadge Jul 26, 2007

    I think they gave him 5 points for artistic value and 3 points for accuracy on the two flip role over.