Police Charge California School Bus Driver with DUI, Endangering 28 Children on Bus
Jaquida Parker was taking 28 students home at the time of her arrest
Late last week, police in California charged a school bus driver with drunk driving and child endangerment after they claim she drove a school bus containing 28 students under the influence of alcohol.
A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol tells PEOPLE that Jaquida Parker, 24, of Vallejo, was “obviously intoxicated” when she was detained Friday afternoon.
The spokesman says Parker was taking the children home on Friday when her bus became stuck on a narrow, dirt road, blocking traffic.
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Parker allegedly told responding officers she was attempting a U-turn when the bus became wedged in the dirt.
“The officers observed that she was intoxicated, and could smell alcohol on her breath,” the spokesman says.
Parker allegedly failed field sobriety tests, the spokesman says.
Parker has not yet appeared before a judge, but has a court appearance scheduled for next month, according to the spokesman.
She is being held on an unspecified amount of bail.