After being charged with attempting to drive while impaired by alcohol, a Mechanicsville woman lost her job driving a school bus last December. As reported by somdnews.com, on May 10, the woman’s lawyer has entered a plea of guilty to the charge of attempted DWI (driving while intoxicated).
On December 13, 2012, officers were called to Leonardtown High School where the woman was located in her parked bus. The motor was running. Officers smelled the strong odor of alcohol. That was the statement made at the plea hearing by Jaymi Sterling, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney. A blood sample taken at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital found a blood alcohol level of 0.19. The sample was taken on an emergency petition.
According to the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office, the school system’s department of transportation had received a complaint that the school bus was being operated recklessly that day. Officers took the driver into custody and the transportation department called in another driver to take the 12 children onboard home. The driver’s sentencing hearing will be in July. Although she is still a paid contractor for the system, she has had her bus driving privilege revoked. Her lawyer said in Court that the plea will mean his client’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be taken from her. She also faces a fine of up to $1,000, a jail sentence of up to six months, and the suspension of her driver’s license.
At the firm of Alpert Schreyer, our St. Mary’s County drunk driving defense attorneys believe everyone has rights that deserve to be protected. If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, you should not attempt to face the legal system alone. You need the help of an experienced attorney who will make sure your rights are protected. Contact us today at (800) 489-1577. We offer a confidential, no-cost consultation.