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Substitute Teacher Downs Four Shots Of Vodka In Middle School Class, Blows A .317, Authorities Say

Deputies say they discovered middle school teacher Brook Ellen West smelling of alcohol and unsteady on her feet before removing her from the classroom.

By Jill Sederstrom

A substitute teacher in Kentucky is accused of teaching a middle school class while drunk, downing four shots of vodka while she was teaching.

Authorities from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department arrested Brook Ellen West, 32, after they discovered the substitute teacher at Royal Spring Middle School smelling of alcohol and appearing to be unsteady on her feet, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Lexington Courier-Journal.

A student reported that West had been yelling and cursing at students, who were between the ages of 11 and 13 years old, before her arrest.

A breathalyzer test would later reveal she had a blood alcohol content of .317 at the time the test was administered, local station WKYT reports.

Deputies said West told them she had taken four shots of vodka around 11 a.m. Monday.

In a statement from Scott County Schools obtained by the local station, district officials said West had “demonstrated erratic behavior” after reporting to school to fill a half-day opening for a substitute in the afternoon.

Brook West

As soon as school staff became aware of the odd behavior, they contacted law enforcement authorities who arrived at the scene and began their investigation.

She was later escorted off the school grounds by deputies.

“The individual is no longer employed by Scott County Schools in any capacity,” the statement said.

West, who is charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and endangering the welfare of a minor, was taken to the Scott County Detention Center following her arrest.

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