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Teacher accused of being drunk at school pleads guilty

March 19, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A teacher accused of being drunk at her school in Dubuque has pleaded guilty.

Dubuque County court records say 38-year-old Erin Ellerbach, of Asbury, entered the plea last week to a charge of public intoxication. She was ordered to pay $135 in fines and $60 in court costs.

She was taken into custody Dec. 17 at Jefferson Middle School. A Dubuque officer sent to the school reported that she had slurred speech, red and watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. A subsequent test showed she had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit for driving. The court records also say school officials found cans of flavored alcoholic beverages in her office.

The district says Ellerbach has resigned her position.