It might not be all that uncommon for bus drivers to experience bouts with distraction as they transport numerous children to and from school. In some cases, the moment it takes to catch the attention of kids and direct them back to their seats could be all it takes for a driver to become distracted and veer off course. Unfortunately, a recent incident in which a bus veered off the road in Tennessee has left a 55-year-old bus driver facing DUI charges.
According to reports, authorities responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Wednesday evening. Initial investigations indicate the incident occurred when the driver of the bus lost control after entering a curve in the road. The bus proceeded to veer off the road and hit a nearby embankment before turning over onto it side.
No further information was provided as to how authorities came to believe impairment was a contributing factor. However, they advised that field sobriety tests were administered and say the woman was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence. A conviction for such charges carries severe penalties that could have a lingering impact on various areas of her life.
When facing DUI charges, those who wish to gain insight on what to expect from and how to prepare for what comes next could benefit from seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. An attorney can help a person in Tennessee better understand all his or her available options and provide guidance on making informed choices about the situation. Seeking advice early on could help a place a person in a better position to pursue the most favorable outcome achievable during court proceedings.