A Loudoun County elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and possession of alcohol on school property, county sheriff’s officials said.
Gregory A. Wuenschel, 48, a physical education teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Ashburn, has been placed on administrative leave, school system officials said.
On Wednesday, a staff member at Cedar Lane told school administrators that Wuenschel was behaving strangely, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. The school called a school resource officer with the sheriff’s office, who came to conduct a field sobriety test.
Authorities determined that Wuenschel, who lives in West Virginia, drove to school that day, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wayde Byard, a Loudoun County Schools spokesperson, said there was minimal disruption to the school day and that officials sent a message to parents informing them about what had happened. “We’re emphasizing that he was never alone in a classroom with students before the arrest,” said Byard.
Wuenschel, who was released on a $2,500 bond, has been a teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools for nine years and taught at a school in Fairfax, Va. for five years before that. He could not immediately be reached for comment.