UPDATE: Wayland High Baseball Coach Pleads Not Guilty to OUI Charge

Joseph Cincotta was arrested Saturday morning and pleaded not guilty at his Monday arraignment.

A night out celebrating a Wayland High School football victory resulted in an OUI arrest for Joseph Cincotta, the school’s varsity baseball coach.

According to a Wayland police report filed with Framingham District Court, Cincotta was pulled over near the intersection of Old Connecticut Path and Westway Road on Saturday morning at 1:07 a.m. after Officer Tyler Castagno observed his black SUV cross over the center line.

Castagno wrote in his report that he had to swerve in order to avoid colliding with Cincotta’s vehicle when it crossed the double yellow line.

When Castagno approached the driver, his report reads, Cincotta’s slurred speech at times made him difficult to understand. Additionally, Castagno’s report indicates that he smelled a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.”

When asked from where he was coming, Cincotta reportedly told Castagno he was “drinking a few beers at the ‘Chat and that his team basically just won the Super Bowl and that he was out celebrating.”

Wayland High School’s football team defeated Concord-Carlisle 14-13 on Friday.

Castagno asked Cincotta to step out of the vehicle and observed his eyes to be “bloodshot and glassed over” as well as the “odor of alcoholic beverage. … coming from his face and mouth.”

When Castagno asked Cincotta to perform a Field Sobriety Test, Castagno wrote that Cincotta responded, “Dude, this is my life. I’m a schoolteacher. I could lose my job. You have to give me a break.”

Castagno then performed three sobriety tests, two of which Cincotta failed, according to the report. Cincotta subsequently refused to take a breath test, at which point he was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Framingham District Court on Monday morning and was released without bail. Cincotta is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 26.

Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein said that there is no automatic response to situations such as this.

"We have to look at what information we know, what's coming secondhand, talk to to Joe," Stein said. "Although it is a personnel matter and I can't talk about it, we are aware of it and are taking it very seriously. We're working with Joe and in the next day or so will make some decisions."

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 7:15 p.m. to include comments from Superintendent Paul Stein.

Brooklyn Lowery (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 04:15 AM
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D November 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
What a terrible example for the WHS student body, drinking and driving. And worse, some may believe they too would be invincible to the law because they are apart of the sports community.
Amy Simmons November 06, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This may be harsh - and I don't know Mr. Cincotta, nor do I have children at the high school level, but I have seen a family close to me destroyed by a drunk driver's careless choices - so if this is how he conducts himself as a role model, he should lose his job. It sickens me that a teacher, coach and role model to young adults would behave so irresponsibly and dangerously. If this isn't resolved in a quick manner with a strong response from the school district, then consider that then the message that is being passed on to the young adults in this community - it's okay to drink and drive because if it will affect your livelihood, you can get away with it. Mr. Cincotta should consider himself lucky if losing his job is all that results from his poor decisions - he could have seriously injured someone (perhaps students also out celebrating their win?) by choosing to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. His bad choice to be on the road after drinking took away other drivers' choices to be on the road safely and responsibly. Someone please give Mr. Cincotta the number for a cab company, and find some way to contain the damage he has caused as a role model to many young adults in our community.
Sally Jones November 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
To make this situation even worse, he is the wellness teacher at WHS. Tough to send a message to kids if this is their example. Also, what kind of example is this football staff? It is well known that they drink after games at local establishments in town. Great message!
DHS November 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Let's remember one more thing: one is innocent in the eyes of the law until or unless they are found/plea guilty. Of course people will rush to judgment, but we don't convict people through media reports alone. If a guilty charge is rendered, all comments above are fair and reasonable
Amy Simmons November 06, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I have absolutely nothing against (those over 21) drinking or celebrating after a game. The problem that I have is when you then get in a car and drive yourself home. THAT is where I have a huge issue, and it is something that is comletely avoidable which puts not only the driver at risk, but puts everyone else on the road with them at risk. I also understand that one is innocent until proven guilty BY THE LAW. But this is not a media report alone, this is an actual arrest with OUI charges and a moving vehicle violation, and an employer has every right to respond to an arrest without waiting for a verdict from the courts. In this case the OUI arrest of a teacher (health and wellness?! Really?!), coach and role model should be enough justification for there to be severe and immediate consequences enacted by the school district. An incredibly negative example has now been set for the town's youth and, while Dr. Stein states that Wayland doesn't have an automatic response for situations like this, that does NOT prevent them, as Mr. Cincotta's employer, from establishing their own employment-based consequences based on the arrest alone and outside of what the law may or may not find Mr. Cincotta guilty of.
DHS November 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I agree with you almost entirely Amy; the employer has a right to respond separate from the legal system and the accusation is a serious one with great risk for others On the other hand, I would contend that you do not understand the notion of innocent until proven guilty, and you proved that in your next sentence. An "actual" arrest does not prove that a person committed the crime they are accused of. Based upon your explanation, an arrest is the equivalent of a finding of guilt in court. That IS something that is perpetrated by the media. You rarely, if ever, hear reported when an arrest that was made ultimately proves to be inaccurate. I am not saying that is the case here, but all people are due that legal process.
Stephanie November 07, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Cincotta works with our children. His ability to be a positive influence on them is dubious at best at this point. Assuming he's innocent until proven guilty, but in light of the arrest report, I'd expect the District to suspend this employee until the legal process is complete; or at the least put him in a position where he is not interacting with children.
Amy Simmons November 07, 2012 at 11:10 AM
@DHS, no - I didn't explain myself clearly, I'm sorry. I do not believe that an "actual arrest" is the equivalent of being guilty, I just meant that this was more than a media slant on something, or even more than just a story about coaches going out to drink to celebrate a win. The arrest, itself, is enough to cast shadow over Mr. Cincotta's ability to be a role model and, as Stephanie says below, a positive influence on Wayland's youth at an age when they may find themselves in similar situations. This isn't the choice/consequences that I would think this town would want in front of them as an example. I would hope that Mr. Cincotta would be at the very least removed from a position where he's interacting with young adults - certainly not counseling them on wellness - but preferably put on unpaid leave until the charges against him are settled, at which point his status as a Wayland educator could be reevaluated - not necessarily reinstated.
Mike Backman November 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Innocent until proven guilty its sad that people who have no relation to this situation or Coach think that they have the right to label someone unsafe to work with children based on a situation of poor judgement. The fact that people assume that there was a "thought of invincibility" simply because there is a connection to sports is typical of the Wayland community who think that there is no shame felt by individuals in situations like this...I was lucky enough to know Coach personally through out my 4 years at Wayland and I can proudly say that he had an immensely positive influence on my life, he was and still is a role model for me. I am not saying that OUI is not a serious issue, or that there shouldn't be punishment if someone is proved guilty to the offense, however its up to the legal system to deal with that. To say that someone who commits this kind of offense is unfit to work with teenagers, not elementary school children, but teenagers who most likely take part in drinking, and drunk driving every weekend when they are rushing home from a party in order to make the curfew established by their parents is absurd. Instead of attempting to ruin a man's life based on a mistake, perhaps we could think that this could be a wake up call to those student who know Coach Cincotta to not make the same mistake and that they are not invincible when driving after drinking like many children in high school assume.
joseph e owens November 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
joe owens Mike nicely put congrats to you!!!
Richard P Turner November 08, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Mike Very well expressed congrats to you
Bill N November 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The concept that it is somehow wrong to voice an opinion about something as significant as an arrest of a High School wellness teacher and coach for OUI because he has not been convicted yet by a court of law is ludicrous. The people who commented on this article citing the legal premise of innocent until proven guilty lack the intelligence to realize that this is not a court of law but a newspaper article. There is another legal premise known as freedom of speech. My opinion is that the arrest itself is significant enough to result in a vote by the school committee on whether this man should be removed from his positions. He can no longer serve as a role model for students. Dont hold your breath expecting "Baseball Commissioner Stein" to take any action requiring a spine.
Otis November 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I agree with Sally Jones. It would be tremendously hypocritical to continue to employ a wellness teacher who the police officers said was driving a car and reeked of alcohol. That would be the classic case of "do as I say, not as I do". I hope this guy realizes he made a mistake, but he should also try to fix things with his students by resigning as wellness teacher right now. He should probably resign as coach too. I also agree with Bill N that Superintendent Stein needs to get some backbone and take action immediately. Most of his emails are to the effect of "I need to study this". Well, a true leader would know what to do. This needs to be handled promptly and dis-positively. That is my opinion.
Cam November 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
In Cincottas defense, he slurs his words even when he's sober.
TheTruth November 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Like how wayland football players who have had similar charges in the past come to his defense . Maybe he wasn't such a good influence on you after all
Otis November 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The Truth makes a great point. What is going on with this case anyway? Is Paul Stein-brenner still thinking about what to do? Pondering his choices? Waiting for next season to make a decision? Where is the School Committee in this? Maybe the recent incident at the underage high school drinking party will have everyone expecting to be let off with a warning. If the "adults" in charge cannot make a decision, then perhaps the SADD student organization should take things into their own hands and stage an organized protest to "vote him off the island"
Mary Jane November 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The Truth, not sure what football player you are referring to here. I know for a fact that none of those who commented on this have ever had any similar charges. Mr. Cincotta made a poor choice, that is not arguable. Drinking and driving is absoluetly unacceptable and completely dangerous, but for the love of God lets not crucify the man. As a graduate of Wayland High I was subjected to all of the wellness curriculum and every other "anti drinking" lecture that was implemented by the school. I'm sorry to inform my former educators but the effects of their presentations are extremely minimal. High Schoolers will buck the system no matter how strict or liberal it is, that is simply in adolescent nature; however, I would find it very difficult to believe that anyone of Mr. Cincotta's students now thinks that it's okay to drink and drive. To make that assumption is putting very little faith in the intelligence of our young people. As a side note the police officer who made the arrest should look in the mirror at certain "questionable" actions he has made in the past two years.


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