Court: Bay Village Middle school employee pleads not guilty

A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Kara Donahoe, 32, the Bay Village Middle School teacher accused of drinking on the job May 4, according to the Rocky River Municipal Court Clerk's office.

The clerk's office spokesperson said Donahoe was not in court  for her 9 a.m. arraignment. Attorney Anthony Petruzzi is listed in court records as representing her.

The school's website describes Donahoe as an intervention specialist who was new to the school in 2016.

Police were called to school May 4 after another employee reported that Donahoe was under the influence.

A police report states Donahoe refused to go to the hospital for testing. Police issued a sobriety test and determined she had been drinking. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and intoxication.

Court records show that a portable blood alcohol test conducted in Principal McAndrews' office at the school showed a preliminary reading of .263 BAC. Court records also indicate that police found a water bottle containing a clear, alcoholic beverage among Donahoe's possessions.

The school district released a statement that "The employee is a teacher who has been placed on administrative leave while the case is under review."

The case has been assigned to Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons.

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