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NJ school bus driver accused of DUI

Friday, November 11, 2011

Children on a school bus in south Jersey called their parents to say the driver was swerving and falling asleep behind the wheel.

The parents called Westampton Middle School, who alerted police.

"Sometimes it was almost about to crash into other cars and blocking them off," said student Chancy Rodrigues.

"She almost hit a jogger while we were driving, too. And we almost hit other buses," said Dominic Rodrigues.

Police found Carole Crockett, of Shamong, at Holly Hills School trying to pick up more students.

Crockett's breath test showed she had a blood-alcohol level of .25 percent, which is actually five times the legal of limit of .05 for operating a commercial vehicle.

The 46-year-old faces 25 counts of driving under the influence with a minor and child endangerment.

Crockett's employer, Wills Bus Service in Lumberton, refused to comment. The superintendent of schools said he was told by the company that Crockett had been fired.

Crockett was released on $85,000 bail. She's due to appear in court Nov. 17th

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