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Gregory Wuenschel accused of being drunk on Loudoun school campus

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ASHBURN, Va. (WJLA) - A Loudoun County physical education center says he's humiliated after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol on an elementary school campus.

Wuenschel is charged with possessing alcohol on campus, DUI and driving without a license. Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff

Loudoun County Sheriff's officials say that Gregory Wuenschel, a West Virginia resident who has taught in the county for 9 years, has been charged with DUI, driving without a license and possessing alcohol on school property.

The 48-year-old Wuenschel, a PE teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School, was reported by a school resource officer to possibly being intoxicated at school. It was later determined that he drove to the Tolamac Drive campus, which led to the driving under the influence charge.

"I feel completely ashamed and humiliated, and would like to apologize to Cedar Lane family members and Loudoun County Public Schools," Wuenschel said.

A bottle of alcohol was also found inside his car during a series of field sobriety tests. The teacher says he forgot the bottle was there.

"It was just a big, huge mistake," he said.

Wuenschel said that he had been drinking Tuesday night and felt fine on his drive from his Ranson, W.Va. Home to the Ashburn school. He is free on $2,500 bond.

Loudoun County Schools officials say that Wuenschel had already taught one class on Wednesday before being arrested, but he had not been alone with any students.

He is the 5th Loudoun County teacher arrested for being drunk over the past 2 1/2 years. Wuenschel said he likely would not be teaching in Loudoun County anymore and said he is aiming to "rebuild his life."

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