The principal of Magruder Elementary School pleaded guilty in York County General District Court on Tuesday to a first offense of driving while intoxicated.
Okrika Harold, 38, was sentenced to six months in jail with the entire sentence suspended. Her driver’s license is restricted to use to and from work, medical appointments and court-mandated appointments. She will also have to have an interlock ignition device installed in her vehicle.
The charge stems from a November incident when she was arrested by Virginia State Police and charged with driving under the influence and failure to report damage to unattended property. Sgt. Michelle Anaya of the Virginia State Police said at the time that a witness saw a white sport utility vehicle strike a utility pole at the corner of Penniman Road and Vineyard Lane and then leave the scene.
After further investigation, a state trooper found the 2009 Ford Flex SUV at the 100 block of Valor Court. Harold was arrested shortly thereafter. The failure to report damage to unattended property charge was dropped.
Jane Core Yatzeck, the school’s assistant principal, was promoted to acting principal shortly after the incident. Harold was re-assigned to the School Board Office upon Yatzeck’s promotion. Harold is a first-year principal in the school division who was hired in the summer of 2012. She came to York County from Knightdale, N.C., where she served six years as an elementary school’s assistant principal.
A call to the York County School Division to ascertain Harold’s employment status was not returned.