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Florida substitute teacher arrested after showing up to class drunk

Photo shows Holly Joel, 52, who was arrested after allegedly showing up to teach her class drunk.

Photo shows Holly Joel, 52, who was arrested after allegedly showing up to teach her class drunk.  (Seminole County Jail)

A substitute teacher in central Florida has been arrested after authorities say she showed up drunk in a classroom of second-graders.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 52-year-old Holly Joel faces charges of disorderly intoxication, child neglect and disturbing the peace.

Police officers in Sanford say a school secretary and another staffer became suspicious of Joel while she supervised a classroom of students Tuesday.

When a principal asked her to stand, she stumbled and fell. She also was unable to answer what day of the week it was.

A Sanford police officer says Joel had a water bottle filled with a pink liquid that was alcohol. The officer also says her breath smelled of alcohol and she slurred her speech.

The newspaper says a phone number for Joel was disconnected.