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Teacher "regrets beyond words" suspected drinking incident


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The husband of the teacher accused of drinking on the job says his wife regrets what happened.

Police say Maria Caya, 50, was taken to the hospital on Thursday after she passed out on a field trip she was supervising, along with eight other teachers from Washington Elementary School. Testing found she had a blood alcohol level of .27, which is three times the legal driving limit.

Caya's husband Steve Caya tells 27 News the past week has been a difficult time for Maria and the family. 

"Maria regrets beyond words what occurred and is looking forward to getting the help she needs in order to regain the trust of the students, their parents, her co-workers and the Janesville School District," Steve Caya told 27 News. "She is deeply sorry for this incident."

Caya goes on to say the couple is focusing on Maria's recovery at this time.
27 News also reached out to the owner of River's Edge Bowling Alley, where students and teachers visited for the end of the year field trip. 
Chris Jones says Maria Caya was not served alcohol and did not consume alcohol supplied by River's Edge. Jones says the bowling center has a zero alcohol policy when school groups visit. He says the trip was not unusual.
"My employees did not notice anyone acting drunk or out of line," Jones says. "We tend to focus on the kids and that they are safe when using the bowling equipment."
At this time, police say they're continuing to investigation the incident. Nothing in their preliminary investigation leads them to believe Caya would be criminally charged, Dep. Chief John Olsen said at a press conference on Monday.
On Tuesday, A Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) spokesperson told 27 News Caya's license status is under investigation as of Monday.
DPI says the department is not aware of any previous complaints filed against Caya. David Parr, president of the Janesville Education Association, says as far as the union knows, Caya had a spotless record before the June 6th incident. Parr declined to comment on what happened, citing the ongoing investigation by police and the Janesville School District.


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