PARCHMENT, Mich. (WOOD) - It has been almost a year since former Parchment Athletic Director John Thompson led police on a drunken high speed chase and, according to documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8, his tenure with the district ends with him receiving $40,000.
John Thompson agreed to resign from the Parchment School District, according to a Thursday release, where he worked as a middle school principal and athletic director.
He had been on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case.
Thompson led police on a high-speed chase on the night of April 4, 2012 before pulling over and being arrested for drunk driving.
His blood alcohol content level at the time was .25 -- more than three times the legal limit of .08, police records show.
A jury convicted him of operating while intoxicated with a high blood alcohol content -- the state's "super drunk" law -- in October 2012. But the jury deadlocked on whether he was guilty of felony fleeing and eluding police.
In November, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted fleeing or eluding of a police officer and reckless driving.
In mid-March, Thompson signed an agreement with the school district made effective January 31, 2013.
Thompson agreed to resign voluntarily while admitting no wrong doing and the district gave him a lump sum severance check of $40,000. Superintendent Matt Miller signed the agreement on March 27.
The agreement ensures that Thompson is not to make any future claims for damages, liability, or breach of contract.
The district says that both parties are looking forward to moving on after the agreement.
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