- On September 25, Catherine Maccarone resigned from her job as a bus driver in Longview, Washington, after her arrest on suspicion of drunk driving earlier this month.
- New video shows Maccarone driving erratically and yelling at the students in her vehicle just before she was arrested.
- A 10-year-old boy called 911 when he got off the bus on September 12, telling officers his bus driver had ran multiple red lights and appeared drunk.
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Newly released video shows a Washington State bus driver driving erratically and causing the children on board to scream the day she was arrested on a drunk driving charge.
A 10-year-old boy called 911 after getting off the bus on September 12, telling officers that bus driver Catherine Maccarone had ran multiple red lights and appeared drunk,KGW reported.
“She was drunk. Like, passed three red lights,” the boy told 911 dispatchers. “Her eyes, you could tell she was drunk. Her breath sort of smelled like alcohol.”
KGW obtained video from the ride through a records request, and the nearly two hour video shows the 48-year-old driver rambling incoherently and complaining about her husband during her morning and afternoon routes.
At one point in the video, when a boy called her crazy, Maccarone said: “I am crazy. I’m totally crazy. I am so fun crazy because I love life.”
She added that she’s not crazy because she “graduated from college three times.”
After the 10-year-old boy called 911, officers pulled the bus driver over and noted in their report that they could smell an “obvious” odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, according to KGW.
The Daily News reported that her blood-alcohol content registered as a .096, more than double the .04 limit for a bus driver in the state.
“There is no way that cheap beer is still in my system. That drink my uncle made must have had some kick in it,” Maccarone said when she heard the results, according to the police report TDN obtained.
TDN also reported Maccarone told officers that she was upset about her divorce and was taking anxiety and sleep medications.
She was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of DUI and two counts of reckless endangerment.
Maccarone resigned from her position on September 25, and her resignation was accepted the next day.
Her trial is scheduled to start November 22.
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