SAN LEANDRO -- San Leandro school board member Lance James was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Dec. 7.

James, 57, announced the arrest at the end of a school board meeting Monday night.

"I must disclose to the board that I received a DUI Friday night. I made a poor decision and am paying the price. This is teaching me to slow down and make better judgments," James said. "I assure you that I take my position on the board and in the community very seriously and that nothing like this will happen again."

James said in an interview it was his first DUI offense.

James was arrested Friday around 9:35 p.m. by San Leandro police, records show. He was initially stopped for a traffic violation near the San Leandro-Oakland city line before he was arrested, a police spokesman said.

After James spoke Monday, board President Diana Prola expressed gratitude toward him, saying it took courage to disclose the incident in a public forum.

San Leandro Superintendent Cindy Cathey did not respond to requests for comment.

James has two children and works as an elementary schoolteacher in Hayward. Hayward Unified officials declined to comment.

He was elected to the seven-member San Leandro Unified School District board of education in 2010 and represents the northeastern corner of the district.


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It is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more. First-time offenders face a four-month license suspension. Repeat offenders within a 10-year period face a one-year suspension.

The police department is scheduled to conduct a DUI and driver's license checkpoint Friday Dec. 28 beginning at 8 p.m. on east 14th Street near Hesperian Boulevard.

Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro and San Lorenzo. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.