ROCKINGHAM — School officials plan to meet with Richmond Raiders head football coach Mike Castellano today following his Saturday night arrest on an impaired driving charge in Cary.
Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman said a planned Monday meeting with Castellano was postponed as Richmond County Schools works to gather information in the case. Goodman first met with the coach Sunday afternoon.
“He is not coaching right now, but what we’re trying to do is get all the information and make the best decision we can,” Goodman said.
All defendants charged with a crime are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court, but Castellano could still face disciplinary action.
Police reports released Monday paint an incomplete picture of the circumstances leading to Castellano’s arrest and do not say whether he was tested for impairment.
Officer J.M. Platz of the Cary Police Department stopped Castellano at the Crossroads Cary Apartments, 2000 Crossroads Manor Court, at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, according to an incident report and jail booking records. Another section of the police report lists the time of arrest at 2:29 a.m. Sunday.
Davis said he did not know whether Castellano had received breath or blood alcohol tests. A message left for the arresting officer through Davis was not returned in time for this story.
The report lists Castellano’s address as 3745 Sweetgum St. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and states that he was driving a 2013 Toyota Venza crossover with a South Carolina license plate.
Castellano was released without bond and is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Oct. 26, according to the report.
Castellano was hired May 20 as head football coach and social studies teacher at Richmond Senior High School, earning an annual salary of $77,500. He was not at Monday’s team practice or a part of the Coaches Corner show. Goodman said Castellano is not allowed to coach at this time while the school system continues its investigation.
Reach Richmond County Daily Journal editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and managing editor Shawn Stinson at 910-817-2671.