N.J. school bus driver indicted in drunk driving case for endangering students
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – A Shamong woman who was accused of driving drunk with 25 students aboard last year has been indicted by a Burlington County Grand Jury Friday on one count of child endangerment charge.
47-year-old Carole A. Crockett of 3 Silver Lake Drive in Shamong was working for a private transportation company when she was arrested on 8th November, 2011. According to police reports, the southern New Jersey school bus driver was driving 25 students home from Westampton Middle School. Crockett was intoxicated and driving erratically and as a result, many of the students texted or called their parents to report her and express their fear. Several of those parents called the school officials to report the matter who informed the police.
According to the parents, the students on the bus indicated that Crockett almost struck a parked car as well as a jogger and she had even vomited into her handbag. She had also been falling asleep behind the wheel and swerving while driving the bus. An investigation conducted by officers from the Westampton Police Department also revealed that Crockett left before everyone could board the bus when she picked the students from Westampton Middle School, stranding several students at school.
Crockett was soon found by the authorities at Holly Hills Elementary School from where she was about to pick up another group of students. She was arrested shortly before 4 p.m.
Her blood alcohol level was tested through a breath sample which showed her BAC at 0.25 percent, more than three times the allowed legal limit. According to New Jersey drunk driving laws, the legal alcohol level limit is 0.08 percent for drivers 21 years or older and 0.04 percent for commercial drivers.
Crockett’s indictment was returned November 1. She is facing drunk driving charges. In addition to these charges, she also received several traffic citations from the Westampton Police Department. She is being charged with 25 counts of driving under the influence with a minor, driving under the influence on school property, disorderly conduct, and 25 counts of endangering children’s welfare. She will be scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Burlington County for an arraignment.
Crockett’s bail was $10,000 for disorderly conduct and $75,000 for endangering the welfare of a child. She posted the $85,000 bail and remains free. Crockett could not be reached for comment Sunday.