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Chad Wunschel, Substitute Teacher, Poisoned His Own Coffee, New Bedford Police Say

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Police in New Bedford, Mass., say a substitute teacher who was taken to a hospital after drinking tainted iced coffee has admitted lacing the drink himself.

The teacher, 27-year-old Chad Wunschel, became sick after taking a sip of the drink and spitting it out. That happened Wednesday during a welding class at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical Regional High School.

Police had been investigating whether a student might have spiked the coffee.

Police Chief Ronald Teachman said Friday that Wunschel told a detective he was depressed over a recent breakup and was looking for attention. Teachman said Wunschel will likely be charged with filing a false report.

Wunschel didn't immediately return a phone message.

Police haven't specified what the chemical was.

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Information from: The Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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