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McQuaid middle school dean charged with DWI, reckless endangerment
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McQuaid middle school dean charged with DWI, reckless endangerment

A McQuaid administrator is in trouble with the law -- charged with driving drunk. But today his colleagues and students’ parents say they're standing behind him.

Daniel Behan is the dean of the middle school at McQuaid Jesuit. He's facing numerous charges including reckless endangerment, a felony.

Police in Binghamton say he was driving drunk Columbus Day weekend. They say his car veered off the road causing a crash that injured three construction workers.

Students, parents and Behan's colleagues are just learning about the charges today.

News 10NBC talked with parents as they came to the school Wednesday afternoon to pick up their sons.

Parent Toni Coleman said, “Hopefully he will have support. People do make mistakes. I don't stand in judgment because I don't know the details and hopefully it will be an opportunity to talk to our sons about making better choices.”

That's what News 10NBC heard from parent after parent this afternoon about Behan.

Parent Michael Donofrio said, “He's a great person.” We asked if he was supportive of Behan. He said, “Yes, very supportive.”

Behan isn’t at school. He's been on leave since Columbus Day weekend.

“The general population knew of the accident only this morning when it came over the radio station. Since then there have been conversations and phone calls. There's great sadness, great sadness.”

Sadness because Behan is highly regarded. McQuaid’s president, Father Edward Salmon, says Behan has a reputation as an excellent teacher.

Salmon is asking parents to explain to their sons that people make mistakes. “It is very disturbing and very tragic, not only for Mr. Behan and his family, but also for those who were injured in the automobile accident but also there are great repercussions of sadness within the school and especially amongst those who know him well.”

People like Jeanna Ross. “It's clear that he loves the boys, that he is a big supporter of them and you know, praying for him.”

Behan is out on bail. He's also charged with reckless driving and failure to reduce speed in a construction area and failure to use a proper lane.

The three people who were injured were treated and released from the hospital.

Binghamton Police say Behan's case will likely be turned over to a Broome County Grand Jury.

He will be on leave from McQuaid until his case is resolved.

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