WHITESBORO (WSYR-TV) - Court documents reveal what happened on a school bus moments before the driver was pulled over on Rte. 481 and accused of driving under the influence of prescription medication.
According to investigators, about 25 students (ages 14-18) and two coaches from the Whitesboro School District were on their way to a lacrosse game in Fulton on April 29 when the driver was pulled over by a Dewitt Police officer.
In an affidavit, the officer writes:
I was advised by the Onondaga County E911 Center, the caller was a passenger on a Whitesboro School District Bus stating the driver was swerving all over the road and driving over the rumble strips. The caller further stated the driver may have been dozing off and the coaches on the bus were stating they did not have time to stop.
After catching up with the bus around the Circle Drive Exit, the officer adds:
I observed said bus in the right lane cross the hazardous marking several times swaying. At one point I observed the bus enter the left lane nearly striking another vehicle.
The officer says he stopped the bus just before the Caughdenoy Rd. exit on Rte. 481 and approached the driver, 46-year-old Michele Daly, asking her to get off the bus.
I observed the driver sway while walking to the rear of the bus. Upon asking the driver if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages she stated "No, I am real tired. That's all." While speaking, the driver had slurred speech.
New York State Troopers, who are leading the investigation, would later say that several 911 calls came from students. there was no mention if the coaches on board ever called.
"At this time, the district cannot comment on this matter further as it is an ongoing criminal investigation," stated Whitesboro's Superintendent of Schools Brian K. Bellair, when asked for a comment. "We have confidence that law enforcement will conduct a thorough and proper investigation. We will continue to cooperate with them fully. We remain grateful there were no injuries or accidents resulting from this incident."
New York State Police say they are still waiting on the results of tests to find out what might have been in Michele Daly's system when she was driving the bus.
She is scheduled to appear in court in late May.
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