published Monday, January 28th, 2013

Former Signal Mountain high school counselor faces alcohol charges

Hamilton County police arrested former Signal Mountain Middle-High School counselor Anne Elizabeth Cushing on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence.

The arresting officer reported that upon his arrival on the scene at 3400 Taft Highway, Cushing was outside her vehicle and he could smell the odor of alcohol. She could not keep her balance and he had to help her to his vehicle.

Cushing, 49, of 22 Majestic Oaks in Signal Mountain, failed the field sobriety tests and faces charges of violating the implied consent law for refusing to allow tests to determine her blood-alcohol concentration.

She was taken to Hamilton County Jail, where she later made bond.

Cushing was suspended without pay last April until the end of the school year after consuming alcohol while chaperoning a group of seniors on a school trip to the Bahamas.

She is scheduled to appear in court before Judge Clarence Shattuck on Feb. 18.

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