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NJ School Bus Driver Hit With Historic 25-Count DUI Charge

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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NJ School Bus Driver Hit With Historic 25-Count DUI Charge

Carole Crockett (HANDOUT)

PIX11 NEWSROOM

1:34 p.m. PST, November 10, 2011

WESTAMPTON, N.J. (PIX11)-
A New Jersey school bus driver who had as many as 25 children in her care was arrested and charged after police say she got behind the wheel drunk.

According to authorities in Westampton, 46-year-old Carole Crockett was driving the children to school Monday when she began swerving in traffic and dozing off behind the wheel.

Concerned students used their cell phones to call parents who then called officials at Westampton Middle School who ultimately alerted authorities, officials said.

When officers caught up with Crockett a short time later, she was in the middle of picking up even more children.

She was immediately placed into custody, police said. A breathalyzer determined that Crockett's blood alcohol level at the time was a startling 0.25 percent - more than three times the legal limit.

Crockett was charged with a historic 25 counts of driving under the influence with a minor, 25 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a single count each of driving under the influence on school property and disorderly conduct.

The counts Crockett faces are reportedly the most ever filed against one person under the charge in the state of New Jersey.

She was released after posting $85,000 bail. Crockett is due back in court Nov. 17.

by on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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skittlebeans88
by on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM
Wow.. that is ridiculous.
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Kris_PBG
by Representative on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Wow..  horrible.

Thank goodness they had middle schoolers on the bus and not elementary kids, as the younger ones would not be as likely to have phones or be able to figure out what was occuring.

Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:51 PM

 Wow!  She's very lucky that she didn't have an accident and injure any of those children. 

VintageWife
by on Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Holy Crap!!!

Kmakksmom
by Stefanie on Nov. 11, 2011 at 11:04 PM
That's insane! Wow.
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