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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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 25, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    For those trying to excuse her behavior, read this bit from another news site: "Carteret County School System Superintendent Dan Novey said doors to the buses were pried open, trash and interior contents of the buses scattered around and fire extinguishers expelled. Several stop arms also were tampered with during the incident."
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    she didnt care what she did ppl.. she was drunk and just didnt care at the time ... u cant say bath salts that is old news.. she was drunk and did something stupid
  • by Grandmere on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    How stupid do you have to be to think that would work?
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    First off, Tony, seriously? She needs help? I hope you remember that if an influenced driver hits you or a member of your family. Think about what you're really saying here. Second, no one thought it suspicious when a bus just happened to be driving around in the early morning hours? Community you have failed me. Quit making excuses or saying she had problems. We all have problems in one way or another, denying this is yours. She broke the law, and she needs to be punished accordingly.
  • by Tony Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Clearly, she had to be on bath salts or something that makes you lose all sense of reason. I don't see alcohol or narcotic substances making you do this..... unfortunately, our system will not help her or anyone else in such "trouble"....
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    Explain this!!! How in the world do she expect to get away with driving a bus that only go 45mph and go scott free.
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      by Pender County Driver on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM in reply to
      Hey Bill, I drive for Pender and Duplin County and we have to leave the keys on the buses. Hey it's not the drivers fault. Noone should be on the buses even if the keys were left in the ignition. We could be sick the next morning and would't have a way to get the keys to the sub. That's the main reason the keys are left are the buses.
  • by Bill B. Location: Greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    Granted this was not the smartest idea on her behalf... but why were the keys in the school bus?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    If I don't read later, that she is also on meth, Oxycontin, or crack, I will be surprised because, no one does that in their right mind, even after drinking. How embarrassing for her family.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    She's not an idiot.She's not a bad individual.She got mixed up with the wrong people.She's obviously depressed and looking for a way out of this county. She just got drunk and decided to do it the wrong way.Don't judge if you don't know.
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      by VA on Oct 25, 2011 at 08:40 AM in reply to
      Seriously? She's an idiot.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    They are always blaming kids and their parents. Who do you blame when grownups do things wrong. Do we blame the parents or E.T.?
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      by BLAHammed on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to
      PHONE HOME!
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