Connecticut School Bus Driver Accused Of Driving Drunk


UPDATED: Thursday August 28, 2014 2:29 AM

CBS NEWS– A school bus driver was arrested for allegedly driving a school bus while intoxicated.

Police said Tammy Costello failed field sobriety tests and blew a .139 and .134 in breathalyzer tests.

The 44-year-old woman, who works for M & J Bus Co., was three times over the legal limit for someone driving a commercial vehicle like a bus.

A police news release of the incident noted that an officer observed the right tires of the school bus swerve partially off the pavement onto a grassy area while Costello was behind the wheel.

The officer then followed the bus to Irving A Robbins Middle School.

Once arrived, the children greeted the officer when they got off the bus and some told him that Costello had been hitting the curbs on the way to school.

She has been charged with driving under the influence, failure to drive right, and 20 counts of risk of injury to a minor; one count for every student who was riding on the bus at the time.

Costello was released after posting a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 2.

Luckily, no students were injured and the bus was not involved in an accident.