California: high school bus driver charged with 17 counts of felony child endangerment for booze cruise with school bus

From Red Bluff Daily News

Charges have been filed against a Corning Union High School bus driver who reportedly was drunk as she drove to pick up students for school.
Laura Lynn East, 50, of Corning, has been charged with 17 felony counts of child endangerment, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and one misdemeanor count of hit and run, the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
The charges stem from an Aug. 29 incident.
District Attorney Gregg Cohen said, according to a California Highway Patrol investigation, East reportedly backed into a sign, swerved the bus nearly into a culvert and continued to swerve while stopping at locations to pick up students for school.
Students told investigators East nearly drove the bus off the shoulder of the road.  ….MORE


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