Bus Driver Arrested for Alleged DUI With 31 Students Inside the Vehicle: Cops
Carole Ann Etheridge is facing a DUI charge and multiple counts of child endangerment.
A Georgia school bus driver is facing numerous charges after allegedly getting behind the wheel of a bus full of students while drunk.
Carole Ann Etheridge was driving 31 kids to Loganville High School in Walton County when witnesses on the bus say she began to drive erratically.
"She hit a driveway and we started to wobble,” a student told CBS 45. "“I was scared for my life. We went up that road and I thought we were all going to die."
After students called their parents, police quickly moved in and arrested Etheridge.
Investigators who would charge her with a DUI reportedly told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Etheridge was found with large bottle of tequila, four small bottles of vodka and prescription pills in her purse.
Etheridge also faces a child endangerment charge for each child under the age of 14 who was on the bus.
“It gives us as a district the opportunity to review our policies and procedures to see where we can make improvements,” Walton County School District spokesperson Callen Moore said. "Behavior that jeopardizes student safety will not be tolerated and is not tolerated.”
Etheridge was booked into the Walton County Jail, but has since been released on a $25,000 bond.
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