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Bossier school bus driver arrested for DWI

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A Bossier Parish Schools bus driver was arrested Monday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a random drug screen.

Bridget Whitley, 33, of the 200 block of Seven Pines Road in Benton, was charged with DWI 2nd and booked around noon Monday.

Early Monday morning, Whitley drove her school bus route, safely delivering the students to their school destinations.  At the conclusion of her route, she reported to a random drug screening and drove her school bus to that testing site.  During the testing, Whitley showed signs of impairment, and Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies quickly began their investigation.  Whitley performed poorly on the Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Monday morning and was arrested.

Whitley admitted to deputies that she had consumed several alcoholic beverages Sunday evening.  She was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with a $50,000 bond.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and not indicative of our school bus drivers,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “But we will not tolerate impaired driving of any type, especially when we are dealing with the safety of our children.  The random screening process worked like it should – the driver was tested, impairment was noted, and the driver was charged with DWI.”

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  1. Sweet, wonderful or whatever, if she drove children to or from school while still intoxicated, she endangered their safety and that is unforgivable. Let the system do do it’s job and if she is found guilty, punish appropriately. Let’s not make excuses and correct the problem.

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