The superintendent of a southern New Jersey school district has taken administrative leave following his arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Medford Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi released a statement saying he believes it's in the best interest for the district.

Police said Del Rossi swerved and struck a light pole in a district-issued Jeep around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 26. He told police that he had swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Police charged him with driving under the influence. The 57-year-old has been superintendent of the Medford school district since 2003.

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