MILWAUKEE -- After a frightening incident on I-94 last week, the Dean of Students at MSOE was in court Monday, facing the possibility of serious prison time.
"That's terrible. Really, really glad no one was hurt," MSOE student Philip Pena said.
It's amazing no one was. Thursday night, police say 69-year-old Patrick Coffey drove more than 14 miles the wrong way down I-43 and 94. Racine County deputies finally pinned his car to the barrier wall.
"One cannot overstate the dangerousness of the behavior that's alleged," Milwaukee County Court Commissioner David Sweet said to Coffey Monday.
The criminal complaint says Coffey couldn't stand on his own and had an open bottle of vodka in his pocket. He blew a .19 and told deputies he thought he was driving home on Moorland Road.
This isn't the first time Coffey has been in trouble with the law. He was convicted of operating while intoxicated in 2001 and 2011, both while serving as Dean.
"He could have caused a lot of people a lot of pain," student Jordin Clark said. "I don't know how someone makes a choice like that."
Clark's father and brother both went to the school. Her family thinks this hurts MSOE's reputation.
"I think that would scare a lot of parents, you know, who are just watching their kids come here," Clark said.
"How does he still have a job, I'm wondering," Pena asked.
The school refuses to comment on the issue, but as of Monday night, Coffey remains an employee.
"Firing... I don't know [if he deserves that]," Pena said. "But definitely something. Suspensions."
"I wouldn't have even let him past the first time," Clark said. "But iImean, I don't know him as a person. Maybe they do and so maybe they're going off a personal level... I think they're embarrassed for him for doing it. But, nobody told him to."
CBS-58 spoke to the school's president, Dr. Hermann Viets Monday. He says right now he'll let the courts do their job. A judge set bail at $2500 cash and commanded coffey stay completely sober. He's due back in court in September.