One female bus driver in Colorado is facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs. The DUID arrest took place after her bus flipped over while she was operating it on a recent Sunday. At the time of the accident, the woman was carrying eight students.
Police said that the 39-year-old woman was driving the bus west on a street. The crash then occurred at a few minutes after 4 p.m. when the bus tipped to one of its sides and then to the other side before falling over on the left side. The driver said the accident happened when she was trying to get the vehicle back on the street. The students who were on board were in elementary, middle and high schools.
The bus driver was one of six people on the bus who suffered injuries, and all six were transported to a medical center. Two of the students suffered major injuries: One suffered deep cuts, while the other dislocated his or her shoulder. The remaining students suffered just minor bruises.
The DUID charge that the woman faces in Colorado has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court before a conviction can be secured. This standard is in place to prevent innocent individuals from being convicted of crimes and being sentenced appropriately. Instead of going to trial, a person accused of driving under the influence may choose to accept a plea agreement with the prosecution if one is offered. The accused person’s criminal defense will push for the outcome that will ultimately be in the client’s best interests.
Source: ischoolguide.com, “Bus Driver Faces Charges for DUI of Drugs while Carrying 8 Students Onboard“, Ma. Elena Garcia, Dec. 9, 2015