ROSS (CBS SF) — The principal at a prestigious Marin County high school was arrested last Friday after allegedly being found in a hotel room with an unconscious woman and drugs.
Thomas Woodrow “Woody” Price, principal at the Branson School in Ross, was arrested in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, along with the woman found unconscious. Branson School is an independent college preparatory school with 320 boys and girls in grades 9 through 12.
Sacramento County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said a man called authorities after seeing the 54-year-old Price with a woman identified as 21-year-old Brittney Hall at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Rancho Cordova.
“Officers in our contract city of Rancho Cordova went to a local motel room. This was in response to a guy who called our communications center and was concerned about a girl he referred to as his girlfriend,” said Ramos. “He basically told us that she was in the company of an older guy and he was concerned that this guy was either giving her drugs or doing drugs with her and he didn’t think it was a good situation for her to be in.”
Officers arrived at a room under Price’s name and identified themselves. After Price responded, it took him a couple minutes to open the door, said Ramos.
Officers saw Hall unconscious on a bed and she did not respond to the shouts of officers who entered the room and had to “physically wake her up,” said Ramos.
Ramos said officers found a large amount of drugs in the room, inducing heroin, cocaine, meth and prescription drugs – amounts that were more than can be considered for personal use.
School administrations at the Branson School have yet to respond in full to inquiries, but in a statement, David Golden, chair of the school’s Board of Trustees said Principal Price resigned later on Monday afternoon. Golden noted the incident did not occur on campus and did not involve any students.
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