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Police say substitute teacher was drunk in class, vomited, had box of wine in her purse

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 08:32:13-04

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Lexington County deputies have charged a substitute teacher they say was drunk while in class at Brookland-Cayce High School.

Authorities tell local media outlets 52-year-old Judith Elizabeth Richards-Gartee was charged Friday with disorderly conduct.

Deputies say an administrator at the Cayce school notified a resource officer at the school that the substitute was drunk. Authorities say Richards-Gartee had an open container of alcohol.

WISTV in Columbia reported that Richards-Gartee was so intoxicated that she threw up on the floor of the classroom. 

Richards-Gartee was taken to a hospital. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.

The school district released a statement saying Richards-Gartee was not a district employee, but instead worked for a third-party company that helps to provide substitutes.