Alcohol apparently caused a Northshore football coach to resign his job four days after being arrested. According to Meredith Mendez, PIO for St. Tammany Public Schools, Fountainbleu Coach, Richard “Gregg” Hudson, has resigned after being head head coach for only two years for personal reasons.  Coach Hudson was arrested and booked with multiple charges including: DWI, Resisting an Officer, Flight from an Officer, and Wreckless Operation of a Vehicle. His bail was set at $1900 and he bonded out shortly after being arrested.

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s spokesman George Bonnett says Richard Hudson smelled of alcohol and fell down as deputies tried to give him a sobriety test in the early hours of Jan. 3. Bonnett says Hudson was driving about 1 a.m. when he swerved and nearly struck a deputy’s patrol car in the lane next to him. He then led the officers down a chase on US190.

Bonnett says the deputy avoided an accident by braking and Hudson continued swerving as he drove down the highway. Two cars pursued Hudson before he was finally stopped. Authorities say he tried to out-run deputies and was unable to complete a field sobriety test because he was unable to stand up.

St. Tammany Parish school district spokeswoman Meredith Mendez said that Hudson was in his second year as head football coach for Fontainebleau. Hudson was 10-10 in two seasons at Fontainebleau. He led the Bulldogs to the Class 5A playoffs in 2007 where Fontainebleau lost to Catholic of Baton Rouge 35-13 in the first round. Fontainebleau was 4-5 in 2008.

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