A 48-year-old school bus driver has been charged with reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after a young student in Longview, Washington, called 911 to report that he was intoxicated.
"She was drunk," the fifth-grader told Dispatch 911. "Three red lights passed … and there are still children."
The driver, Catherine Macaron, was arrested after a call on September 12. from Macaron, "before being arrested, according to a police statement." There were no children on the bus at the time of the arrest, but Maccarone had recently completed two afternoon bus routes. "
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On Friday, Publicview Public Schools said in a statement that Maccarone remains on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation.
The district stated that "the incident that happened is not indicative of the great work of Longview. schools do every day. "
The arrest of Maccarone prompted the district to put in place an improved process for checking drivers before driving each time, the statement said. In addition, a representative from the state Department of Transportation Education reviews the procedures in the area.
The child who called 91
The boy said on the call that Maccarone was not acting as usual. Usually she was strict about the students' behavior, but on that day she gave more freedom to the children.
"Her eyes, you can tell she's drunk," he says in the call. "Her breath smelled of alcohol."