Outgoing Floyd County School Superintendent Terry E. Arbogast got into hot water this year for playing fast and loose with the rules when it came to his rapidly escalating salary and his reluctance to come clean about why he kept the truth about his actual pay under wraps.
Now it turns out he has a similar disregard for the rules of the road in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
On June 19, deputy sheriff Tim Dulaney nailed Arbgogast for speeding — not just a few ticks over the limit mind you but rushing headlong down one of Floyd County’s two-lane roads at 70 miles per hour.
That’s 15 miles per hour over the posted limit of 55 and just five miles an hour short of reckless driving.
We try to promote responsible driving but it is not easy when one lives with a lead-footed wife. Last year, State Trooper Keith Gregory busted the mistress of Chateau Thompson for running 73 miles per hour on U.S. 221 near Ray’s Restaurant and her perceived need for speed landed her in the dog house at home and a well-deserved trip to a driver improvement program class in Christiansburg.
The superintendent of schools is supposed to set an example for the many young people in our education system. A couple of years ago, Arbogast got bent out of shape when I wrote about observing some school bus drivers breaking traffic laws.
He didn’t think it was a big deal.
Now we understand why.