"It was a good thing, obviously, they had their cellphones on them," said Sgt. Stephen Ent.
The 46-year-old drunk bus driver was in an elementary school parking lot when she arrested. The students on the bus at the time called their parents who called school officials immediately.
Just before being arrested, the driver was getting ready to leave the school with another round of children on board.
Students reported that the driver was swerving all over the road and possibly falling asleep at the wheel.
The woman’s blood alcohol level was 0.25. Since she was driving a commercial vehicle, she was five times over the legal limit.
The driver faces DUI on school property charges, endangering the welfare of children, disorderly conduct and 25 counts of driving under influence with a minor – since there were 25 children on the bus at the time. Before this incident, she had no previous records with the law.
The driver posted an $85,000 bail and will be in court on November 17.
Washington State Drunk Driving Law
Washington State law provides that the drivers on the road have the duty to not operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. See RCW 46.61.502.