Tia Denton, 51, was arrested and charged with OVI, open container, and child endangerment for allegedly driving drunk on a Columbus school bus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
A Columbus City Schools bus driver is charged with OVI, open container, and child endangerment after allegedly being found drunk while driving students.
According to Columbus City Schools spokesman Jeff Warner, the investigation began when a parent called the transportation department to report that their child's bus was late dropping off students Monday afternoon.
The bus driver, Tia Denton, was transporting two students on bus route 115 from Southwood Elementary School, and according to the GPS system in the bus, she was off her assigned route, Warner said.
Officials said another bus driver reported that the bus driver was driving erratically, so the transportation department made several attempts to contact her on her bus radio.
Warner said the driver did not respond to the radio, so the district contacted police and sent a supervisor and another bus to the location.
The bus was eventually located in the area of Parsons Avenue and Leach Drive.
Once the bus was located, police handled the situation, administering a Breathalyzer test.
According to a report from Columbus police, an open bottle of whiskey was found in the bus.
Denton, 51, was arrested and charged with OVI.
The two elementary students were not injured and were transferred to another bus and taken home.
According to the school district, Denton was one of the new
bus drivers who was hired this year.
Her personnel record indicates she passed both a driving and
criminal background check.
The district is looking at Denton's records, and Interim Superintendent Dan Good will make a decision Tuesday on what action the district will take.
The district is required to give Denton a hearing in which she can respond to the allegations. She has been placed on unpaid leave until the hearing has been held.