Impaired driving and child endangerment charges pending for school bus driver
CTV News Edmonton
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:13AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:05PM MDT
The 39-year-old female bus driver arrested after reports of erratic driving Tuesday will be charged. Charges related to impaired driving and child endangerment are pending, and she is facing a 90-day license suspension.
EPS received the report of a school bus being driven erratically in the area of Glastonbury Boulevard and Granville Link at approximately 3:25 p.m. Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Edmonton Public Schools confirmed that the bus was transporting students home from Kim Hung School.
Jasen Courtepatte saw the bus driving dangerously and called police.
“One of the most heart wrenching things is the kids, they’re just innocent kids,” he told CTV News Edmonton. “I didn't do anything anyone else wouldn't have done. If you see somebody take a school bus over a curb and take out a sign, you'd probably do the exact same thing.”
The driver was arrested Tuesday. She has been released on a Promise to Appear, with a court date of July 24.
She is an employee of Golden Arrow School Buses.
General Manager Brian Hauptman tells CTV News Edmonton that she has been with the company since Oct. 2018, and is currently suspended pending the outcome of the charges.
Hauptman said the company's policy is immediate termination if it is found that she was under the influence of alcohol.