A Western New York school bus driver has been charged with a DWI-drugs for driving under the influence with children on the bus. The driver, who is from Silver Creek, has been charged with a number of offenses, according to WIVB. The incident happened in the Seneca Nation of Indians territory. Erie County Sheriff's deputies and Seneca Nation Marshals responded to the scene at Route 438 and Woodchuck Road after witnesses say the bus swerved into traffic on the opposite side of the street. The bus was transporting 9 students from the Gowanda Central School to the Lakeshore BOCES facility, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Department. They said that authorities noticed that the drive seemed impaired.
The bus driver, Marianne Clayton, allegedly failed field sobriety tests given to her by police on the scene, according to WGRZ. Sherrif's deputies conducted more tests at the North Collins substation, which she also allegedly failed.
According to the Erie County Sheriff's Facebook page,
Clayton was arrested and charged with three felony counts of aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, a misdemeanor count of DWI-Drugs, and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The defendant was released to a sober third party.
Thank God witnesses called the police to the scene and this story didn't end tragically. If I was a parent of one of those students, I would be upset that she put my child's life in danger. She's lucky deputies got to her first.