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Columbia County school bus driver charged with DUI on her bus

Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 1:16 PM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - After a Columbia County school bus driver dropped off some kids on Thursday, it seemed she’d nodded off.

When someone checked on her, they suspected she was drunk, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency said a field sobriety test was administered to bus driver Jessica Avrett, 33, and it yielded a preliminary blood alcohol content of 0.155 percent. In Georgia, the legal limit for standard drivers is is 0.08.

The sheriff’s agency said it happened after she’d dropped off students at Harlem Middle School and gone on to Baker Place Elementary outside Grovetown, where she was apprehended. Two beer cans were found on the bus.

Avrett was cited and charged with driving under the influence and open container in a vehicle.

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway of Columbia County Schools told us that Avrett was fired from the district.

The school district says that Avrett’s routes were covered for the rest of the day, and parents were notified of the incident.

The district also says that bus drivers do have to pass an annual screening for drugs and alcohol, and maintain a good driving record.

The sheriff’s office says Avrett did not have any prior marks on her record in Columbia or Richmond counties.

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