Substitute teacher caught drinking whiskey on the job

May 22nd, 2015 by Staff

School officials noticed a bottle of Fireball inside Bachausen's car.

(WISN.COM) SUSSEX, Wis. – A substitute teacher in Sussex has been charged, accused of drinking whiskey at work. Her colleagues saw a bottle of booze in her car and called the sheriff’s department.

She was out on bail at the time for drunken driving.

According to the criminal complaint, Woodside Elementary School substitute teacher Beth Bachausen, 62, showed up late, and over the next three hours, made several trips to her car. She seemed increasingly confused, leading her co-teacher to suspect she was drinking, the complaint says.

Investigating a little further, an assistant principal went out to that substitute teacher’s car in the parking lot and looked inside, where she saw a partially consumed bottle of Fireball, a cinnamon flavored whiskey.

Bachausen was escorted to the office, where sheriff’s deputies gave her a Breathalyzer, which registered a 0.09, and she was arrested.

Parents said the school acted quickly.

“I think it’s a real unfortunate incident, and it is disappointing, but it sounds like the school district handled it well and the children were kept safe from this person,” Sussex parent Melanie Vanachen said.

“It’s definitely sad,” Sussex parent Jen Galanz said. “I fully trust our schools in this area to do what they need to do to keep the kids safe.”

The Hamilton School District told WISN 12 News that Bachausen was never alone with the children and pledged, “She will not be in our classrooms ever again.”

Bachausen was arrested in January for second offense drunken driving.

She was free on bail at the time of her arrest Monday. She remains in jail.

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