A school bus driver in Georgia allegedly drove under the influence of drugs while on the way to pick up children, police said.
Sharon McCready Fisher, a driver for Bartow County Schools, was pulled over by Emerson police after being spotted by witnesses driving erratically and nearly hitting several cars near Red Top Mountain Road at about 2 p.m. Monday, WSB-TV reports.
Police pulled over Fisher before she picked up children during her afternoon route and gave her a field sobriety test. She was arrested on misdemeanor charges of DUI-drugs, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving, the Daily Tribune News reports.
“No children were on the bus at the time of the stop,” Emerson Police Chief Kyle Teems told the newspaper.
Fisher, who was released from custody Tuesday after posting bond, has been placed on leave pending an investigation, according to a school district spokeswoman.
Fisher did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday, but her husband, identified on her Facebook page as Steve Fisher, denied that she used illegal drugs or abused prescription medications.
“She’s the straightest goody-two-shoes person I’ve ever known in my life,” Fisher’s husband told WSB-TV. “She does an occasional muscle relaxer, 5 milligrams, that the doctor prescribes, and they know that.”
Fisher, for her part, told the station she expects to return to her job once her drug test is found to be negative. She’s been employed by Bartow County Schools as a bus driver since June 2015. Prior to that position, she worked for three years for Fulton County Schools, according to her Facebook profile.
One parent in the district, meanwhile, said he was shocked by the allegations.
“That’s not acceptable,” Deshon Roddy told WSB-TV. “That’s not acceptable at all … She was on-duty on the way to pick him up from his school. It’s kind of crazy. I don’t see how they let that slide.”
Roddy said he was relieved that Fisher was stopped by cops before reaching his son and other students.
“You trust them with your kids,” he continued. “That’s their lives. What would have happened if she would have made it? That’s definitely very scary.”
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