Phoebe Prince Case Update: Accused Austin Renaud Charged With DUI
Update: One Of The Accused In Phoebe Prince Bullying Case Arrested For DUI
Austin Renaud, one of the teenagers charged in the suicide death of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, has been arrested for drunk driving early Sunday. Renaud, 18, was charged for statutory rape in the bullying case that galvanized America. Irish immigrant Phoebe Prince committed suicide on January 14 after months of what has been called "unrelenting" bullying. Renaud, along with five other teenagers charged in Prince's death, pleaded not guilty to all charges. It is alleged that Renaud was in a brief relationship with Prince, which frustrated some students at South Hadley High School and allegedly aggravated the bullying.
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The DUI Incident
In the early hours on Sunday, it is alleged that Renaud was parked on a side of a street with hazard lights flashing, when police car pulled up behind. The police officer asked for the driver's license and administered a breathalyzer test, which Renaud failed. The police reports indicate that Renaud told the officers he had not been drinking. The teenager is now out on $40 bail. He pleaded not guilty to charges of drunk driving after being arraigned Tuesday. He was released on personal recognizance. Renaud was ordered by the judge to stay away from drugs and alcohol and placed on an overnight curfew from 8 PM to 7 AM.
Renaud's lawyer said his client is having a hard time dealing with the scrutiny.
"Being indicted or being charged with crimes is the worst experience you could probably have and for a young kid his age, it’s not good."