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School bus Driver Arrested Police say she Drank Beer While Picking up Students

A school bus driver was arrested after police say she drank beer while picking up students for school. According to the Aurora Police Department, 44-year-old Michelle Passley picked up the school bus around 6 a.m. on Nov.15 and completed one route before buying two cans of beer at a gas station.

Video from the school bus appears to show Passley placing the beer can into a brown paper bag and drinking from it while driving as many as 32 elementary school children on the bus, police said. Police credited the alert gas station clerk for contacting the school after selling beer to the driver and watching her drive off in the bus.

“Shoutout to that convenience store clerk who had the wherewithal to contact the district so that they could intervene,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said.

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The school district said Passley is not an employee of the district and contracts First Student Bus Company for its busing services. A manager for the school bus company reported the incident to police after reviewing video from the bus, police said.

Passley wasn’t arrested until Monday, more than a week after this video appears to show her sipping beers and steering a school bus. Fortunately, police say no students were injured even though parents and investigators are appalled.

“It’s infuriating to believe that someone who is trusted with these children on a daily basis could potentially put them in this kind of danger,” Chief Ziman said. Passley is charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life/health of a child. She has been released on $100 bond, according to police.

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