Suspended Hatton coach was charged with public intoxication

Eric Tate was arrested in Florence the day before he was placed on administrative leave, police said.

Posted: Feb 1, 2018 1:45 PM

Hatton High School's basketball coach was placed on leave a day after he was arrested for public intoxication at a Florence restaurant, according to police records.

Florence police arrest reports show Eric Tate, 41, was arrested at 1:14 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Applebee's in Florence. He was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and was later released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $500 bond.

When asked earlier this week, Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Job Bret Smith would not give a reason for Tate being placed on leave.

Hatton Principal Brent Gillespie has taken over as coach of the boys varsity basketball team.

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