Police in Pennsylvania recently arrested a school bus driver who they say was operating a bus while impaired. She is charged with drunk driving. She is also facing a child endangerment charge, as a student was in the vehicle with her.
According to reports, at approximately 6 p.m., May 15, police initiated a traffic stop with a Crestwood School District bus due to a broken headlight. While talking to the bus driver, the officer believed she showed signs of impairment and asked her to get off the bus for sobriety testing. The 42-year-old woman initially refused because she did not want to leave her passenger alone. She eventually complied after calling her supervisor.
The accused is said to have failed the field sobriety tests. She was then placed under arrest, which she reportedly resisted and is facing charges for that as well. It is unclear if court dates regarding this matter have been scheduled.
The drunk driving and other accompanying charges in this case could end up costing the accused quite a bit if she is ultimately convicted. Not only could she end up facing jail time, she may be ordered to pay hefty fines, she may lose her license, and she could lose her job. With so much on the line for this individual, how she tackles this case in a Pennsylvania criminal court matters. An experienced defense attorney can help her fight the charges at hand by questioning if the officer had probable cause, as well as the results of the sobriety tests.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “School Bus Driver Arrested for DUI While Kid Still on Board“, May 17, 2018