Local bus driver who slammed into car was high

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 18:23:13-05

A New Haven Community Schools bus driver has been charged with several crimes after police say she was high when she caused a crash.

Six kids were on the bus Monday morning when it slammed into an unoccupied parked car.

It happened in a quiet neighborhood off of Harmony Drive in Macomb Township shortly before 8:30.

Macomb County Sheriff's deputies got to the scene quickly and determined the school bus driver was wobbly and slurring her words.

According to deputies, the 49-year-old told them she was on prescription meds and must have blacked out. Police discovered there were several drugs in her purse.

None of the kids were hurt but both vehicles had a lot of damage.

New Haven Community Schools sent a letter home to parents saying:

“The bus driver has been suspended from all duties with the District, pending completion of the Sheriff’s Department and School District’s investigations. The bus driver has been an employee of the District for many years. The driver, maintains all required certifications pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act -- to drive a passenger school bus and has met the Department of Transportation’s requirements regarding medical examinations.”

The driver was booked on charges Of Operating While Intoxicated, Possession Of Analogues, and six counts of Child Endangerment.

The driver may face more charges based on blood test results.

She was brought here to the Macomb County Jail where she posted a $20,000 bond. She is expected to be formally charged in the next few days.