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POLICE: Drunk Woman Steals School Bus For Cross Country Trip

MOREHEAD CITY, NC - Police say a woman vandalized six school buses and stole another in a drunken foiled attempt to drive across the country with a friend.

Jillian Tetterton was arrested this morning after police say she showed up with the stolen Carteret County special needs bus at her friend's home. They say he called 911 not wanting anything to do with the bus trip. When arrested, Tetterton was still in the stolen bus.

The 22-year-old Tetterton is charged with DWI, larceny of a motor vehicle, B&E into a motor vehicle and damage to property. Police say the Newport woman blew a .11 after her arrest.

Carteret County Schools say six buses were broken into and vandalized early this morning. The school system says the seventh bus was stolen, after the thief found a key hidden inside. They explain the hidden key is necessary because there are multiple drivers for that bus.

The vandalism forced a two hour delay at Morehead City Primary School this morning. Fire extinguishers were set off inside the buses, and some stop arms were damaged. Five maintenance workers were called in at 3:00 a.m. and had the buses cleaned up in time for them to pickup students.

Records show the woman has multiple pending charges in Carteret County, including felony conspiracy to sell/deliver schedule I controlled substance. The Department of Correction says Tetterton was on probation on a drug paraphernalia charge.


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Some Carteret County students will begin school on a two-hour delay Monday morning.

Morehead City Primary School students are on a two-hour delay. School officials say several school buses were vandalized overnight. Officials discovered the vandalism Monday around 3 a.m., and now police are investigating and inspecting all buses.

Staff at the school is asked to report at the normal time Monday.


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