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‘She was drunk:’ Bus driver facing DUI charges after child calls 911 to report her

A bus driver in Washington is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a young passenger called 911 to report that she was intoxicated.

Catherine Maccarone, 48, was arrested after a child who had just gotten off the bus told police her breath smelled of alcohol, according to audio from the 911 call obtained by several media outlets. The caller told dispatchers he’d tried to get his friends to get off the bus with him but Maccarone wouldn’t let them.

“The bus driver, Catherine, she was drunk, because she passed three red lights and she got on the side road by the 76. And there’s still kids on there,” the child told the dispatcher. “She’s like wobbling and her eyes, you can tell, she was drunk,”

Using the boy’s description, police officers found Maccarone, 48, just before 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 and “smelled an obvious odor of intoxicants” coming from the driver according to a Facebook post from the Longview Police Department.

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