The Ottumwa Courier


May 11, 2011

Fairfield girls golf coach arrested while driving team to meet; charged with OWI, child endangerment

FAIRFIELD — Susie Steinbeck, the head girls golf coach at Fairfield High School, is accused of drunk driving while transporting her team to a meet on Tuesday morning.

Lee County Jail administrator John Farmer said that Steinbeck was taken into custody on charges of operating while intoxicated and child endangerment. Steinbeck was released on her own recognizance after having her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, when she was formally told of the charges against her.

The Fairfield Community School District issued a press release Tuesday stating that the suburban transporting the girls’ golf team was pulled over by the Iowa State Patrol on the way to the Southeast Iowa conference meet at Keokuk by the Iowa State Patrol.

Fairfield Superintendent Don Achelpohl stated in the press release that the safety of the students was verified and the district made arrangements for the team to continue on to Keokuk. The Fairfield girls did compete, and finished fourth at the meet with a team score of 449. Washington won the meet with a team score of 387.

“Parents were notified by Fairfield High School of the incident. The district is continuing to investigate the incident regarding possible further action,” Achelpohl said in the statement.

The 59-year-old Steinbeck is a middle school teacher of computer applications at Fairfield and also the girls head swimming coach as well as golf coach. Achelpohl said the traffic stop happened at the intersection of Highways 16 and 218 in Lee County, which is south of Mount Pleasant. Lee County officials said that an Iowa State Patrol found the suburban carrying the team parked at the side of the road at 7:55 a.m. at that location Tuesday. Records also show Steinbeck took a breath test and her blood alcohol content was .212. The legal limit in Iowa is .08.

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