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Updated | Substitute teacher allegedly got drunk on vodka, then taught Kentucky middle school class

A Scott County substitute teacher was arrested Monday and charged with being intoxicated at the middle school where she was teaching, district officials said.

Brook Ellen West, 32, was arrested at 3 p.m. Monday after Scott County deputies found that she was under the influence of alcohol while teaching a class at Royal Springs Middle School, an arrest citation said.

West, the arrest citation said, “admitted to drinking 4 shots of vodka around 11:00.”

The citation did not specify where the vodka was consumed.

A student told an officer West was yelling and cursing at students.

An officer said she smelled of alcohol, was visibly unsteady on her feet and had watery eyes, according to the arrest citation.

West had a .317 blood-alcohol content, the citation said, and was in charge of a classroom of juveniles ages 11 to 13 while under the influence of alcohol on school grounds.

The Scott County Detention Center’s website said West was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Scott County schools officials said in a statement to the Herald-Leader that a substitute was at Royal Springs in the afternoon to fill a half-day opening. It did not name the substitute.

“The substitute demonstrated erratic behavior,” the statement said. “School staff acted immediately upon learning of this behavior. Scott County sheriff’s department escorted the substitute off school grounds later charging her with alcohol intoxication. The individual is no longer employed by Scott County Schools in any capacity.”

Police released dashcam video showing the arrest of Saryna Parker, a former Miami-Dade teacher suspected of driving drunk with her child in the backseat on March 19, 2017.

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