A 48-year old school bus driver from Washington, DC is facing DUI charges after a student called 911 to report that she was driving drunk.
According to the 911 call made by a 5th grader who had just got off the bus, Catherine Maccarone had
“The bus driver, Catherine, she was drunk, because she passed three red lights and she got on the side road by the 76. And there’s still kids on there,” the child told the dispatcher, according to the 911 call recording. “She’s like wobbling and her eyes, you can tell, she was drunk.”
The boy who made the call to 911 also said Maccarone’s breath smelled like alcohol and she wouldn’t let his other friends get off the bus with him.
Officers say they found Maccarone around 4pm that day and they “smelled an obvious odor of intoxicants” coming from her. There were no children on the bus at that time Maccarone was arrested.
Maccarone had just finished two bus routes that afternoon where she could have had about 90 children riding on her bus that day.
Maccarone, who has been a bus driver for one year, was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation by Longview Public Schools.
“To help ensure this situation never happens again we implemented an improved process for screening drivers prior to driving their routes each day,” Superintendent Dan Zorn said in a statement. “The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority.”
Maccarone was arrested and booked into Cowlitz County Jail for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment charges.