School Bus Driver Faces DUI Charge After Crashing While Transporting Students

bus driver possible DUI chargesWINDHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire school bus driver is facing drunken driving charges after police say she struck a mailbox with her bus while transporting middle school students.

No one was hurt.

Police in Windham say they received several calls about a bus driving erratically on Monday morning. They eventually found the bus in the parking lot at Windham Middle School.

Police say the driver, 50-year-old Kimberly Hooley, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence. She was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14. She refused to comment when contacted by The Eagle-Tribune.

Hooley denied drinking but told police she had taken prescription medication.

She has been placed on leave by the bus company pending an investigation into the incident.



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Danielle

I know I'm wrong for saying this, but if my job consisted of transporting a bunch of little brats to school, then I would be drunk too.

March 27 2014 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cowboy Bob

That looks like a DURHAM SCHOOL SERVICES bus. I know here in Texas they will hire anyone to drive their buses.

September 27 2011 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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denadmartinez

here in illinois has not much prob with that that happens anywhere in an job and all you need is a drunk person and they get a job and wala!!! its not the company its the people who are corrupt we get ramdoms al;l the time which means you dot know when you gettin it now how she got on the bus unotice that a qusetion

January 16 2014 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lindyluper

That is definitely not the case in MN. We are very picky. I am hoping that the photo was from stock. The article did not say what company the driver worked for.

March 26 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lovelaurie

Whether she was driving under the influence of alcohol o rprescription medication, she was irresponsible to be driving. She's lucky she only took out a mailbox.

September 27 2011 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wrascil

With all those kids raised by substandard parents and single parent homes that's reason enough for any school personel to drink, They shouldn't ever mess with school bus drivers... that's a high stress job

September 27 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cin64np

Yeah!! A bus driver gets locked up for DWI and you blame it on the single parents. You must also be an alcoholic. Blaming other people for your drinking problem. Look in the mirror schmuck. People who drink and drive school buses or drink and interact with children while drunk are the problem. Not the single parent who sends their kids to school thinking they are safe with these so called adults driving the bus.

September 27 2011 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cin64np

They released her on her own recognizances so she could make it back to the school to take the kids home. (after stopping at the local liquor store for her liquid lunch)

September 27 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
antipodal2u

She wont be driving again anytime soon

September 27 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johnjhenry1

maybe one of those brats slipped her a mickey

September 27 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dneil55859

driving on perscription drugs is still driving under the influence. If your driving a school bus you need to be more responsible

September 27 2011 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
belldn3

Dealing with those badass kids drove her to drink.

September 27 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rodterry1

We really are not given much information with this story. We are not told if a breathalyzer was even used. We are not told what sort of medication or why she was taking it. We are not told if drug test were done. We are only told that she failed the field sobriety test. And that she was released on her own recognizance. Hopefully not driving. I am glad no one was hurt and that the school children are safe.

Maybe there will be a follow up story after she goes to court Nov 14.

September 27 2011 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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