School bus driver in Washington arrested after 5th-grader calls 911 to say she’s ‘drunk’

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.

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.”

Maccarone’s arrest prompted the district to put in place an improved process for screening drivers prior to their driving their routes each day, the statement said. Additionally, a state Department of Education transportation representative is reviewing the district’s procedures.

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