Drunk teacher wins unemployment benefits; gets to keep license

Paul Brennan
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Aug 20, 2014 5:00 AM
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Drunk teacher wins unemployment benefits; gets to keep license

DES MOINES, Iowa — If Dennis Pagel had taken a box of school supplies while working as a teacher at Dallas-Center Grimes Middle School, he could have gotten in serious trouble.

Luckily for Pagel, he just showed up for work drunk and on OxyContin.

For lighting up a breath test at three times the legal limit, Pagel received a three-day suspension with pay and later was allowed to resign.