HYRUM, Utah —
A Cache County school bus driver was arrested and suspended Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence with a gun.
Tamara Gustaveson, 56, was arrested after police say she failed a field sobriety test in the parking lot of a Ridleys Market grocery store in Hyrum. Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Chad Jensen says Gustaveson told police that she was cut off by another driver at about 7:50 a.m. Friday and got into an argument with that driver in the parking lot of the store.
When officers arrived on the scene, they detected an odor of alcohol from Gustaveson. Jensen says after the test she was placed into custody.
Officers then searched the school bus and found a firearm which belonged to Gustaveson, who has a concealed weapons permit.
"She probably has 30 to 45 students on her bus at any given time," says Jensen. "People who are impaired often cause some pretty tragic events and it would be devastating with what could happen with 35 to 40 kids on her bus."
News of Gustaveson's arrest spread quickly amound parents in the area. They were worried of what could have happened that morning.
"That just frightens me. I mean I'm just amazed to hear that. I drive my daughter to school every day and she hasn't rode the bus. Actually now I probably will prohibit it," said parent, Christine Forman.
Gustaveson was booked into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of DUI, a class A misdemeanor, because she had children in her bus prior to the incident, and on suspicion of possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person, a class B misdemeanor.
School district officials say they are shocked over what happened. They say Gustaveson has been a bus driver for Cache County schools for 25 years and had never faced disciplinary action.
School officials says she has been suspended from her job while the investigation in under way.
Police say she could face child endangerment charges.
All the school did was suspend this driver. She didn't lose her job. I'm sorry but that is just horse shit. She endangered a lot of lives while she was driving drunk. School says this is the first tim,e she has ever been in trouble. NO it's the first time she was caught. She's may have been driving drunk with children on the bus for years. I think she should be fired.
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Nice- Such a great revenue and audience for drunk with a weapon...NOT UT- interesting location!
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