For the second time in less than a week, a 40-year-old Salem teacher has been arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail on driving under the influence charges.
Odin police arrested Wendy L. Bunnell around 7 o’clock Tuesday night, after she reportedly failed a field sobriety test. She was taken to the Marion County Jail where she posted $300 bond and was released. She was formally charged Wednesday with misdemeanor DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver. Nov. 4 first appearance was scheduled for that case.
Marion County Sheriff’s deputies had just arrested Bunnell on Saturday, also for alleged driving under the influence. She posted $150 bond on that charge and was released.
On Monday she was formally charged in Marion County Court with misdemeanor driving under the influence for that arrest and was scheduled for an Oct. 28, first appearance.
Bunnell first made headlines earlier this year, following an investigation into an alleged March 2 party at her home, where underage drinking was reportedly taking place.
The focus of the investigation began with allegations of sexual contact between Bunnell and a 17-year-old Salem student but turned to the reported alcohol consumption by minors when the state determined the 17-year old was of legal age to consent.
She was a Kindergarten teacher at Hawthorn School in Salem at the time of the party, and while placed on paid administrative leave after her first arrest, she is still listed as a teacher on the school website.
Bunnell has entered a plea of not guilty to charges stemming from that investigation of giving or selling liquor to a minor and, as a parent, knowingly authorizing or permitting consumption of alcohol by underage invitees at her residence.She is next scheduled for a Nov. 6, pre-trial hearing in that court case.