A school bus driver in Utah has been arrested on suspicion of DUI when she was driving erratically and nearly hitting another vehicle while 67 elementary school students and their chaperons were on board for a field trip.
According to authorities with the Utah Highway Patrol, Lycia Martinez, 39, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of prescription anti-anxiety/muscle-relaxer pills, which were found in her handbag.
A parent on the bus along with other witnesses on the highway noticed the swerving bus was repeatedly failing to stay within the carpool lane dialed 911 to report the incident.
Troopers with the Utah Highway patrol pulled the bus over on an Interstate 15 off-ramp in the city of Draper located in the northern portion of the state. The trip had only gone about 40 miles before the incident.
No one on the bus was injured and no other vehicles were struck before officers pulled the bus over. With a 75 mile an hour speed limit and five separate lanes of traffic, school authorities and law enforcement say that they were very lucky as it could have been much worse.
The fifth- and sixth-graders all came from various schools in the area and were being transported to a student council conference at Brigham Young University.
Martinez has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the incident continues. She has had no incidents in the six years that she has worked for the district.
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