School Bus Driver in Washington Arrested After 5th-Grader Calls 911 to Say She’s ‘Drunk’

Longview police officers smelled "an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone" before arresting her, police said in a statement

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A 48-year-old school bus driver is facing charges of reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after a young student in Longview, Washington, called 911 to report that she was intoxicated, NBC News reports.

"She was drunk," the 5th grader told a 911 dispatcher. "She passed three red lights ... and there’s still kids on there."

The driver, Catherine Maccarone, was arrested after the call on Sept. 12.

Longview police officers smelled "an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone" before arresting her, police said in a statement. "There were no children on the bus at the time of the arrest, however Maccarone had recently completed two afternoon bus routes."

On Friday, Longview Public Schools said in a statement that Maccarone remains on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation.

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