Bus driver accused of drinking beer while driving students to school

File photo of a yellow-painted school bus. PHOTO| COURTESY
File photo of a yellow-painted school bus. PHOTO| COURTESY

A school bus driver was on Thursday arrested after he was caught on video drinking beer while picking up elementary school students.

According to the Auora police, Michelle Passley, 44, was arrested and charged with two Class A Misdemeanor counts of Endangering the life and health of a child

According to CNN, the charge sheet read: “Passley purchased beer at a convenience store and drank it while picking up students during a morning bus route in Aurora,”.

Reports indicate that it was the store clerk where Passley purchased the alcohol from that notified East Aurora School District 131 officials.

Police in Aurora police later reviewed the convenience store and bus surveillance video and watched the driver purchase the beer, return to the bus and place a beer can into a brown paper bag and drink from it while driving numerous elementary school children on the bus.

In the video, 32 children were observed on the bus while Passley drank from two cans of beer, police said.

In a statement to the Chicago Tribune, bus company officials said it has zero tolerance for employees whose actions put others at risk.

“Behavior such as this is completely unacceptable and at odds with what we stand for as a company,” read the statement.

Passley was however released on a Ksh.10, 000 bond and is due back in court on December 27,2019.

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