A school bus driver in Utah was recently arrested for driving under the influence at around 8 a.m. on a Monday morning after multiple reports were called into local law enforcement about the woman swerving and driving recklessly. The woman claimed that she had taken no illegal substances and was just on medication prior to driving.
Woman Took Prescription Medication Before Driving
The woman was driving a group of 7 adults and 67 children to an event at Brigham Young University. Witnesses reported that the driver was swerving between lanes and almost collided with other vehicles on the road, prompting those inside of the bus to call police to report the driver. The police department also received calls from concerned motorists.
Utah law enforcement pulled over the bus and conducted a field sobriety test on the driver. She was arrested for DUI involving prescription drugs, which may change depending on the results of a blood test taken at the scene. According to school officials, bus drivers are required to report any medications they take. The bus driver in this case did not report. The drugs were a legal prescription and had side effects that could include dizziness and drowsiness.
The driver has been charged with:
- Failure to maintain a single lane while driving, and
- Class A misdemeanor DUI
Since the driver was driving children under the age of 16, the penalties may be more severe. In Utah, jail time and fines could nearly double as a result of this charge. She also may face charges of child endangerment due to the age of the passengers on the bus. In California, drivers may also face enhanced penalties for driving under the influence with a child passenger. The woman is on paid administrative leave pending the results of criminal charges that result from this case.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence of medications or DUI involving a child passenger, you should be intent on working with skilled attorneys. Contact a DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to learn more about your rights and defense options.