CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - A Chesterfield County school bus driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with five students aboard Monday morning, the Chesterfield County Schools Public Information Officer (PIO) says.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Airport Road and SC 265. Citizens flagged down an officer when they saw the bus swerving.
Eric Clyburn posted a video on Facebook.
Troopers say the bus driver, 53-year-old Angela Caldwell, blew a .31 percent on a breath test.
Caldwell was charged with DUI, child endangerment, and broken seal violation. Troopers say they found an open bottle of alcohol in her purse.
The five students aboard are enrolled at Central High School. Superintendent Harrison Goodwin said they made another bus available to take the students to school, but their parents chose to bring them instead.
Goodwin says he's thankful for the citizens and officers who stopped the driver before anything worse happened.
"If the worst outcome is just dealing with an employee matter, then we consider ourselves very fortunate," Goodwin said. "Obviously the safety of our students is the first thing we're concerned about."
Goodwin says Caldwell has been a school bus driver in Chesterfield County since the fall of 2012. He says she did not have any driving infractions that he was aware of.
Drivers are expected to self-report, the school also receives reports on bus driver's records. According to Goodwin, bus drivers are not allowed to have more than four infractions on their record to be able to drive a school bus.
Caldwell is on administrative leave at this time.