Throughout the school year, thousands of Tennessee students ride the school bus each day. While most bus drivers are honored to provide this service to students, the daily obstacles and amount of responsibility can sometimes take a toll, leading to poor judgment and decisions. Just recently, a Portland school bus driver was fired over drunk driving accusations.
Portland police reported that a local bus driver called dispatch to report feelings of illness and requested assistance. The driver was told to park the bus and wait until authorities arrived. Another area bus driver headed to the scene to assist and transfer students to another bus. Upon the safe transfer of all students, the accused driver was advised to stay on the scene until police arrived.
Disregarding the advice, the driver drove back to Portland East Middle School, where medics found her vomiting in the parking lot. After claims of a student hitting her neck with a syringe, toxicology results reported that the accused driver had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system. Authorities were also informed that video surveillance showed an individual attempting to destroy evidence on the bus after the scene was cleared.
The woman is currently at large and charged with DUI, felony reckless endangerment, evidence tampering and burglary of bus. Facing felony charges is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Tennessee residents facing similar drunk driving charges should consider all legal options available to them and contemplate retaining an attorney to provide the best legal defense possible.
Source: wjhl.com, “Tennessee school bus driver fired; Accused of driving drunk with kids on board“, Dec. 20, 2017