Wallace Youvellaresigned from the board, citing personal reasons. The board will inform the Hopi Elections Office so they can set a special election since Youvella was recently re-elected to a four-year term.
Youvella’s resignation comes on the heels of receiving a DUI in a school vehicle in Scottsdale on Jan. 18. Youvella was charged with three counts: DUI/alcohol, blood alcohol level of .08 or higher within two hours of driving and failing to control speed to avoid an accident.
Photo by Stan Bindell
The arrest was made about 10 minutes after midnight on Jan. 18. About 90 minutes later, Youvella was released on his signature to appear in court.
Youvella declined to comment on the charges at this time, but said he may want to comment at a later date.
Det. Sam Bailey, public information officer for the Scottsdale Police Department, reported that the blue Oldsmobile sedan that Youvella was driving went off the road and into the bushes flattening one of the car’s tires.
Bailey reported that there were no other vehicles involved, there were no passengers in the car and there were no injuries.
Regarding driving over the bushes, the police report stated: “There was a bush that appeared to have been struck by a vehicle and several branches had been torn away. There was also shrubbery debris lying in the median and in the roadway in the southbound direction from the bush. The bush did not appear to be mortally wounded.”
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)