Coach accused of OWI with athletes onboard

Susie Steinbeck, 59, of Fairfield, Iowa

UPDATED 12:00 P.M. May 12 - KTVO contacted Fairfield Community Schools Thursday to confirm Steinbeck's employment status.

School officials declined to comment, referring us to the statement posted on the Website on Tuesday.


UPDATED 11:30 A.M. May 12

The link to Susie Steinbeck's biography page on the Fairfield Community Schools website is not longer active.


UPDATED 10:00 A.M. May 12

The Fairfield coach who was arrested on Tuesday for OWI tested three times the legal limit for alcohol.

According to court records, a breath test administered to Susan Steinbeck registered .212; the legal limit in Iowa is .08.

According to the complaint filed by the arresting officer, the Fairfield school S.U.V and a pick-up truck were observed parked at the intersection of Highway 218 and Hwy 16.

When the officer approached the vehicles to see if either needed help, the driver of the truck complained that the SUV had been all over the road, crossing the center line.

In the report, the officer says the smell of alcohol was very strong on Steinbeck and that she did not have a valid driver's license in her possession.

Court records also show six passengers in the SUV, presumably members of the Fairfield High School girls golf team.


UPDATED - 2:00 P.M. May 11

Susan Steinbeck has made her initial appearance in court.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Department, Steinbeck made a brief appearance in court early this afternoon.

She was informed of the charges against her and then the judge released her from custody on her own recognizance.

Steinbeck is facing a drunk driving charge and a charge of child endangerment. Child endangerment is a class "C" felony.

UPDATED - 1:00 P.M. May 11

Susan Steinbeck is expected to appear before a Lee County judge in just a few minutes.

Steinbeck has been held in the Lee County Jail since her Tuesday morning arrest for drunk driving while transporting the Fairfield Girls Golf team to a meet in Keokuk.

Fairfield School officials are being very tight lipped about the incident. We spoke to Fairfield superintendent Don Achelpohl Wednesday morning. Achelpohl, refused to comment further on the situation, referring only to the statement he made on the school's website Tuesday morning.

KTVO also attempted to contact members of the Fairfield School Board. The two board members KTVO reached told us that the Superintendent had requested they make no comment on the situation.


A southeast Iowa golf coach is accused of driving drunk with her athletes in the vehicle with her.

A press release on the Fairfield Community School District's website says the SUV transporting the high school girls' golf team was pulled over Tuesday morning on the way to the conference meet at Keokuk.

The driver of the Chevy Suburban, Susie Steinbeck, 59, of Fairfield is the girls' golf coach and a middle school computer applications teacher.

A spokesman from the Lee County Jail told KTVO Tuesday night that Steinbeck is in custody charged with child endangerment and first-degree operating while intoxicated.

Fairfield Schools Superintendent Don Achelpohl goes on to say in his statement, "The safety of the students was verified and the district made arrangements for the team to continue on to Keokuk. Parents were notified by Fairfield High School of the incident. The district is continuing to investigate the incident regarding possible further action."

Achelpohl said the Tuesday morning traffic stop happened in Lee County at the intersection of Highways 16 and 218.

KTVO will bring you more on this story as the information becomes available.