Martha Thompson, School Bus Driver, Sentenced For Drunk Driving With Students Onboard (VIDEO)
ALFRED, N.Y. (Associated Press) - A former western New York school bus driver has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for being drunk behind the wheel during a chaotic ride captured on the vehicle's surveillance video.
Martha Thompson of Almond was also sentenced Monday in Allegany County Court to six months of electronic home monitoring and fined $1,000. She pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to driving while intoxicated and 37 counts of reckless endangerment, one for each of the Alfred-Almond school district students she transported on May 8.
The video from the bus shows several teenage girls pleading with Thompson to pull over after she missed a turn and drove the bus in reverse. The girls then led some of the younger students out the back of the bus as the 56-year-old Thompson yells at them to remain on board.
WATCH surveillance video from the bus: