A 49-year-old school bus driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving while she was driving middle school children to school in Walton County, Georgia. The woman was arrested last month following a report that she had been driving the school bus erratically.
Police say that the woman admitted to drinking two beers and two shots of tequila in celebration of her birthday the night before. She said that she believed it was okay to drive the next morning, after eating breakfast and taking a shower before work.
However, the Walton County Sheriff's Department conducted a Breathalyzer test on the woman after the erratic driving report. The Sheriff's Department says that the woman's blood alcohol level was 0.043 percent, which is over the legal limit of 0.04 percent for drivers of commercial vehicles. The woman said she was shocked that the test showed any amount of alcohol.
When police arrested her, they say that the found small bottles of vodka, a large tequila bottle and prescription pills inside the woman's purse. The school district fired the woman on the same day as her arrest.
This drunk driving arrest is an excellent example of how someone can be accused of a crime and suffer serious career consequences even before a conviction actually occurs. The woman in this case has lost her employment and may have difficulty securing future employment as a commercial driver.
Experienced Georgia DUI attorneys can work to defend people charged with drunk driving charges. They may be able to reduce the threat and/or severity of criminal punishments relating to their alleged offenses.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Ex-school bus driver charged with DUI thought she was OK after birthday drinks," Ellen Eldridge, Aug. 29, 2017