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Dallas substitute teacher charged with being drunk in class

A substitute teacher who was arrested Tuesday in Dallas on suspicion of being drunk on the job, is denying the allegations.

Two police officers were alerted to Thomas Brownlee, the 56-year-old teacher, Tuesday afternoon at Parkhill Junior High School in far north Dallas, according to a police report.

In broadcast news reports, Brownlee has denied being drunk at work, although he did say that he had two glasses of wine at lunch the day he was arrested.

According to a police report, the officers determined that Brownlee "had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and breath smelling of an alcoholic beverage."

The officers also determined that he "was a danger to himself and others," the report stated.

Lt. Vernon Hale, police spokesman, said he didn't know the circumstances that led to the arrest for public intoxication. He noted, however, that the man was released from custody and taken to a detoxification center.

The campus, which is part of the Richardson Independent School District, is on Shadybank Drive, southwest of the intersection of Campbell and Hillcrest roads.

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