School Bus Driver Charged With DWI After Wreck

A school bus driver has been charged with driving while impaired after a wreck that sent four students to a hospital.

Mint Hill Police Department Lt. John Rowell said Tuesday that 32-year-old Desiree Kelly of Charlotte has been charged with DWI and reckless driving. He said the DWI stems from prescription drugs, not alcohol, and that an officer on the scene noticed that Kelly was having trouble staying awake.

Kelly has been taken to the county jail. School system spokeswoman Kathleen Johansen said she has been suspended with pay pending the results of the investigation.

The bus was carrying 15 students when it hit a brick mailbox and crashed into a ditch Tuesday morning on its way to Independence High School. Johansen said the students' injuries were not life-threatening.

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    Have you ever tried to follow a charter bus on the interstate? Better have lots of horsepower. They never run close to the posted speed limit.
  • by Beavis on Mar 10, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    Butthead and I are appling to drive?
  • by Leann Location: Lenoir County on Mar 10, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    Thank heavens it wasn't any worse!
  • by former bus driver Location: goldsboro,nc on Mar 10, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    You are subject to both drug and alcohol test during any giving time.Apparently this was not the case.I did a back up for a driver that was so impaired by being drunk.I took her home and she never drove again.For one time in my life with precious cargo,she refused to drive.THANK GOD for ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by p Location: nc on Mar 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    They let anyone drive school buses now days. Don't they have any kind of drug test to take? I have to take 2 a Year,but I'm not a bus driver.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Mar 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    They need to send her to jail. This could have been more serious than it was. I have always wanted to drive a bus but because I am on medication for diabetes I am not allowed to. This driver knew the rules and if I was a parent of one of those kids I would be getting her for child endanderment.
  • by Huh? on Mar 10, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    Yeah, Rush was just trying to drive the country.
  • by Bill Location: Wilson on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    Was Limbaugh driving a school bus?
  • by George W on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    But they were prescription drugs...just like Rush Limbaugh used, that's O.K., isn't it?
  • by WITN Moderator Location: on Mar 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    To Anonymous: Ha, ha! That's a good one. The AP had a typo that we obviously didn't catch. Thanks for the heads up!
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