Former principal at Platte County High School in trouble with law again

Dr. Pat Martin has found himself in trouble with the law again and resigned from another education job this week.

Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin

According to reports, the Tarkio (Mo.) Police Department pulled over the former Platte County High School principal on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 4 and arrested him for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, having an open container of alcohol and a traffic violation. Martin served as the superintendent of the Tarkio R-I School District, but the board of education accepted his resignation at a meeting Monday night.

According to authorities, a 911 call came in on Thursday afternoon reporting a careless and imprudent driver on U.S. Highway 59 south of Tarkio. The caller apparently gave license plate information that matched Martin’s vehicle.

At about 3:05 p.m., Tarkio police pulled Martin over for a lane violation or driving on the wrong side of the road in the 1100 block of Pine Street, which leads into downtown and passes the district’s high school and elementary school.

In October of 2012, Martin resigned as Platte County High School principal days after being arrested in a prostitution sting at a local hotel. He allegedly attempted to patronize a prostitute during school hours at the Sleep Inn off of Interstate 29 near KCI Airport.

According to reports, Martin answered an online listing for an escort and met up with her before offering to pay her $150 in exchange for participating in sexual acts. 

Charges against Martin were later dropped in Kansas City Municipal Court.

Prior to working at Platte County, Martin served as an assistant principal at Lee’s Summit West. He also had a stint at the Park Hill School District previously in his career.
Tarkio hired Martin as a principal in 2013.