Wake Forest High School football coach facing DWI charge

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Wake Forest High School Football Coach Reginald Lucas has been charged with DWI following his arrest Wednesday night. (Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

Wake Forest High School's head football coach is facing driving while impaired charges following his arrest Wednesday night.

According to court documents, 43-year-old Reginald "Reggie" Lucas was pulled over shortly before midnight along Ligon Mill Road in Wake Forest after he failed to maintain lane control and was seen swerving over the lane and driving in the shoulder.

He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI after tests revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .17, which is more than twice the legal limit.

An officer noted in the arrest report that Lucas said he had two 24-ounce beers. The officer also wrote that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and Lucas had red, glassy eyes.

The coach was released from jail on bond and is expected to appear in court on Dec. 4.

Lucas has had several run-ins with the law, dating back to the early 1990s. In 1992, he was charged with driving with unsealed wine or liquor in the passenger area. Two years later, he was charged with speeding with an expired registration.

In the meantime, Wake County Schools has suspended Lucas from his coaching duties and says "the matter remains under review."

The Wake Forest Cougars football team is hosting a playoff game vs. Leesville Road on Friday. The team is currently undefeated with 11 wins this season.

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