WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A bus driver was arrested after her child passenger dialed 911 and reported her to be drunk.
- The driver, Catherine Maccarone, faces DUI charges as well as reckless endangerment.
- Longview Public Schools said they will improve the screening process for drivers to keep the situation from repeating itself.
A kid in Washington dialed 911 after he got off his school bus to tell police that the bus driver was drunk.
Several media outlets obtained the audio of the 911 call where the child said the bus driver, 48-year-old Catherine Maccarone, had breath that smelled of alcohol. The caller also told dispatchers that he’d attempted to get his friends off the bus as well, but Maccarone wouldn’t let them go with him.
The kid said that the driver “passed three red lights and she got on the side road by the 76.” He goes on to say you could tell Maccarone was drunk because of her eyes and that she was “wobbling”.
On September 12, police were able to find the driver just before 4 pm after police said she just completed two-afternoon bus routes. A Facebook post from the Longview Police Department said that they “smelled an obvious odor of intoxicants” when they found Maccarone.
The bus driver was booked into Cowlitz County jail and is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.
Rick Parrish, Longview Public School district’s communications coordinator told ABC news that up to 90 children could have been on the bus the day Maccarone was arrested. An investigation is underway, and pending the outcome that’s expected by early next week, Maccarone is on administrative leave.
Dan Zorn, Longview Public Schools superintendent, said in a statement that the process for screening drivers before they drive their daily routes will be improved to “help ensure this situation never happens again.”
Source: USA Today