#SchoolBusDriver Arrested After Driving Dangerously During Field Trip
A #Utah bus driver was arrested #Monday after #parents and several witnesses called 911 to complain about her erratic behavior while driving nearly 70 elementary school #children to a field trip.
39-year-old Lycia Martinez had taken multiple anti-anxiety and muscle-relaxant prescription pills before driving down a busy highway in Draper with dozens of elementary school children on her #bus.
According to Sgt. Blaine Robbins, one of the parent chaperones on the bus dialed 911 when Martinez began swerving in and out of lanes and seemed under the influence.
“She can’t stay in the lanes, she’s crossing the double lines and the adults are getting scared,” the parent told a 911 dispatcher. “We have a long ways to go with this lady, and we are not feeling secure.”
She even told the operator that she doesn’t scare easily, but Martinez’s dangerous driving made her fear for all the children on the bus.
#Police finally pulled the bus over on an Interstate 15 off-ramp in Draper, 40 miles south of where the trip first began.
Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Authorities said they discovered numerous prescription pills in her pocketbook after pulling Martinez over.
Luckily nobody was injured during the trip. “We really dodged a bullet,” Robbins told The Associated Press.
Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said that Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate the incident.
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