HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A school bus driver is in the hot seat, arrested for driving while intoxicated. Several people witnessed her and actually called 9-1-1 to report how reckless the bus was being driven.
The bus driver was identified at Linda Sue Godejohn.
She has been released on a $100 bond, and could face additional charges. She was approached for details after her release, but all she would say was "no comment".
Godejohn, 55, was eventually pulled over at Aldine Westfield and Hirschfield Road. We’re told about 20-30 students were on that bus, thankfully none of them were injured, and went home safely. But the way she was driving left people terrified.
"I wasn’t sure if she was going to flip over or like hit a…she hit that rail, that barrier pretty hard, and I just seen debris flying onto my car," said a driver who didn’t want his face shown. Several calls came in about her driving a school bus erratically at 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Constable Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Hermann spoke with us following her arrest.
“Right now we filed a DWI, driving while intoxicated charges. There could be more charges forthcoming being that there was, the amount of kids that there were on the bus," said Hermann.
The driver works at an independent company that is contracted by YES Prep Public Schools. The students ages 13-14 years old came from that school.
YES Prep issued a statement. Part of it reads:
“The bus driver is employed by First Student Bus Company – a bus vendor contracted by YES Prep – and is not a YES Prep employee. All of First Student Bus Company’s drivers undergo regular finger printing and rigorous background checks. If she is formally charged, she will never again be behind the wheel of a YES Prep-contracted bus.”
Hermann told us “at one point almost flipped the bus over making a turn...we ended up getting the bus driver out of the bus, giving her a field sobriety test, which she flunked miserably, and she was immediately placed into custody.”
The people who witnessed her endangering the lives of children, want her to go away for a long time.
"Those were kids, and you know, they have their whole life ahead of them. So yeah I don’t think it’s fair for them to be put in that situation. So yeah whatever…whatever is necessary," said the witness.
Right now deputies from precinct four are waiting for the results of the drivers blood test to determine what substance she was under the influence of.