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School Bus Driver in Washington Arrested After 5th-Grader Calls 911 to Say She’s ‘Drunk’

Longview police officers smelled "an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone" before arresting her, police said in a statement

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A 48-year-old school bus driver is facing charges of reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after a young student in Longview, Washington, called 911 to report that she was intoxicated, NBC News reports.

"She was drunk," the 5th grader told a 911 dispatcher. "She passed three red lights ... and there’s still kids on there."

The driver, Catherine Maccarone, was arrested after the call on Sept. 12.

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Longview police officers smelled "an obvious odor of intoxicants coming from Maccarone" before arresting her, police said in a statement. "There were no children on the bus at the time of the arrest, however Maccarone had recently completed two afternoon bus routes."

On Friday, Longview Public Schools said in a statement that Maccarone remains on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation.

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