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Loudoun teacher charged with drunk in public

A Loudoun County driver’s education teacher was charged with drunk in public after he was found intoxicated at an Ashburn high school Monday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael L. Hitzges, 47, of Ashburn, was charged after a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer was informed by staff at Broad Run High School that a teacher was possibly under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

Hitzges, who teaches biology and driver’s education at Broad Run High School, has been at the school since 2004, according to Wayde Byard, spokesperson for Loudoun County Public Schools.

Byard said Hitzges passed the school system’s standard array of background checks before he was hired in 2002, including reviews conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Virginia State Police and Child Protective Services.

Hitzges, who has been placed on administrative leave with pay from Loudoun County Public Schools, remained held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center Monday evening, authorities said.

Michael L. Hitzges, 47, of Ashburn (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)
Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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