Kevin Patrick Pearson, a 47-year-old teacher at Kennedy Secondary in Fergus Falls, was arrested Tuesday on a third-degree charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Pearson was stopped in the vicinity of Pebble Lake Road and Pebble Lake Golf Drive at 11:23 p.m. by an officer of the Fergus Falls Police Department.
According to department records, Pearson tested at more than .16. A third-degree charge is a gross misdemeanor. According to the Department of Public Safety, Minnesota’s legal alcohol-concentration driving limit is 0.08 — but motorists can be arrested for DWI at lower levels.
Pearson is a 1992 graduate of Fergus Falls High School where he was a three-sport standout. Pearson signed a minor league baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins following high school. He received a degree in education from Concordia College and returned to his hometown of Fergus Falls to teach and coach. Pearson’s athletic achievements earned him a place in the Fergus Falls Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Pearson teaches the sixth grade and is the head coach of the Fergus Falls baseball team. He also serves as an assistant coach on the Fergus Falls football team and girls’ basketball team.
In regard to what action the Fergus Falls school district may take against Pearson in the future, Fergus Falls activities director Derek Abrahams said Friday that “I haven’t been in any conversations.”