School Bus Complicates Dui Charge for New Jersey Driver

When a person faces a drunk driving charge, the possibility of being convicted can be a scary thought. The consequences for a DUI offense are serious. A person could face jail time, fines or even the loss of their license. Losing a driver’s license even for only a few months can be a very serious penalty, especially for someone whose income depends on driving a motor vehicle.

Things got complicated for a New Jersey resident when she crashed into a tree on Church Lane in East Brunswick. The 53-year-old woman was a children’s school bus driver and the vehicle was a school bus. No one was on the bus at the time and only the female driver was injured, but her profession has brought attention to the charge.

Authorities who were called to the scene shared what they believe happened in the Nov. 14 accident. According to the officials, the driver had been driving west down the roadway. Something caused her to run off the side of the road at approximately 1:45 in the afternoon. The vehicle came to stop when she hit a tree on the side of the road. The injured driver was taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officials with the East Brunswick school said that the driver was not scheduled to pick up students at the time of the crash. The bus was from the Phoenix Bus Company located in Monroe, but it is unclear why the driver was behind the wheel at the time.

Source:, “School bus driver charged with drunk-driving after bus crash in East Brunswick,” Tom Haydon, Nov. 14, 2011

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