Police: NY bus driver drove drunk with 35 students on board

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 12, 2015 at 8:02 a.m.



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CORTLANDT, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a school bus driver was driving drunk with 35 students on board when she sideswiped a utility pole in suburban New York.

It happened Monday as 56-year-old Mary Coletti was taking students to Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt.

Authorities say she sideswiped the pole around 7 a.m.

They say her blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08 percent.

A few students suffered minor injuries.

Lakeland School District Superintendent George Stone tells The Journal News Coletti's bus driver's license has been revoked.

Coletti was arraigned Monday and sent to jail on $1,000 bail. She's due back in court May 18.

It's unclear if she has an attorney.

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