Bus driver in Pennsylvania faces drunk driving charges

A school bus driver in Stroudsburg is facing serious charges that could potentially end her career, according to local sources. Pennsylvania authorities have charged the 56-year-old woman with drunk driving after being pulled over on Nov. 2. She has since been let go by the local school district, but has yet to be arraigned on the charges.

According to the police report, at just before 7 a.m. on Nov. 2, the woman was seen committing traffic violations while driving the bus, already occupied by an unknown number of children. She was pulled over, and police on the scene said she was displaying signs of intoxication. Roadside sobriety tests were conducted, and the woman was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

She was taken to a local processing center where she was subjected to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol level. Police have not indicated the results of that test. It is unknown whether she was released on bail or if she remains in police custody at this time. She has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine whether sufficient evidence exists to take the case to county court.

A drunk driving charge for a person in this woman's position can be potentially devastating for her future employment prospects. She has already lost her job with the local Pennsylvania school district, and a guilty verdict could result in significant penalties, including the loss of her license. Nevertheless, prosecutors must provide compelling evidence of guilt before any conviction is possible in order to ensure an innocent woman does not suffer a miscarriage of justice.  

Source: poconorecord.com, "Stroudsburg school bus driver charged with DUI", Andrew Scott, Nov. 24, 2015

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