Local Bus Driver Arrested for OWI

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

Police say they're still trying to figure out why a bus driver with two dozen middle schoolers on board, was drunk this week.

They say that bus driver was arrested in the Delavan middle school parking lot Leigh, after returning from a wrestling meet in East Troy.

Chief Timothy O'Neill says 51-year-old Connie Holden was a driver for the Lenon Bus Company, when, on Tuesday night, she was transporting the middle school wrestling team home from a meet.

But before leaving East Troy, O'Neill says someone smelled alcohol on Holden's breath, which led to police questioning her after the team got off the bus back in Delavan.

O'Neill says the officer smelled alcohol on the driver's breath, and since there is a no tolerance policy for commerical drivers, she was immediately arrested.

"The officer immediately made contact with the bus driver as the students were exiting the bus and conducted the standard questioning and investigation to establish reasonable grounds," said O'Neill. "And the officer did establish reasonable grounds to conduct a field sobriety test and subsequent DUI arrest."

Chief O'Neill says the bus driver was convicted of OWI in 1994, but since it had been more than 10 years since that arrest, that previous OWI probably was not on her record when she applied for the bus driving job.

We tried contacting the bus company, but were told there was no one who could talk to us, when we made those calls today.

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