MACOMB TWP. (WWJ) – A New Haven Community Schools bus driver is facing criminal charges after crashing into a parked mini van in a Macomb Township neighborhood.
The 49-year old Lenox Township woman may have been on drugs when the crash occurred, according to authorities.
“As deputies conversed with the woman, they sensed that she was intoxicated, she was slurring her words and she was unsteady on her feet,” the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement — adding that video of incident apparently shows the driver did not break before hitting the 2002 Honda Odyssey.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, told deputies she took prescription medication earlier and “must have blacked out” prior to the crash on Harmony Dr., south of 24 Mile Road between Card and Romeo Plank, on Friday.
Six elementary school children on the bus were unhurt in the incident.(Videos courtesy of Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)
The woman complained of minor pain to her hand and was checked out by EMS at the scene before she was given a sobriety test. She was then taken to the Macomb County Jail where she was booked on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of analogues and six counts of Child Endangerment.
The driver was arraigned on the possession charge on Saturday, posted a $20,000 cash only bond, and was released.
Sheriff’s officials said the woman still faces additional charges dependent on blood analysis and a Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office review of the case.
Both the damaged bus and the Odyssey were towed from the scene and impounded pending completion of the investigation, which is ongoing.