DPS: Arizona charter schools director arrested for DUI, wrong-way driving in Ahwatukee

Posted at 2:00 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 21:12:01-04

PHOENIX — The executive director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has been charged with DUI and wrong-way driving following a crash last week in Ahwatukee.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reports that around 8 p.m. on May 20, troopers responded to a non-injury crash on Loop 202 just west of Interstate 10.

According to court records, 31-year-old Charles Lawrence Tack was traveling westbound on Loop 202 when he crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes.

After hitting a guardrail, Tack reportedly kept driving and swerved into a car which tried to avoid the collision.

Tack sideswiped the vehicle, but the driver of the second car was not hurt in the crash, court records stated.

A witness to the collision followed Tack onto the closed off-ramp and took his keys away.

DPS says Tack's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.156.

He has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI.

Tack has served as the executive director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools for the past three months.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, board president Kathy Senseman said she had talked with Tack about the incident but the board was withholding any possible punishments for the time being.

“In speaking with Charles, it is clear that he understands the extreme seriousness of this situation and that his alleged behavior, even as a one-time mistake, is absolutely unacceptable from someone in a position of leadership," Senseman said. “The State Board of Charter Schools will closely monitor Charles’ case as it works its way through the legal system. We will determine at the appropriate time whether we need to take punitive action. In the interim, we have taken the step of making sure that Charles does not drive a state vehicle either at work or off work.”