School bus driver charged
Westampton Police Dept. via phillyburbs.com
Carole Crockett, 46.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/10/2011 11:20:33 AM ET 2011-11-10T16:20:33

Police arrested a school bus driver in New Jersey for allegedly driving 25 children home with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

Carole Crockett, 46, is facing 25 counts of endangering the welfare of children, disorderly conduct and drunken driving charges after she was arrested near Holly Hills School, Westampton Township, the Westampton Courier-Post reported.

Children on the bus called their parents to say the driver was swerving and falling asleep behind the wheel, the report quoted Westampton Township police as saying.

The parents called Westampton Middle School, which in turn alerted police.

Officers arrested Crockett, of Shamong, N.J., before 3 p.m. on Monday after finding her at Holly Hills School trying to pick up more students.

The report said Crockett's breath test showed she had a blood-alcohol level of .25 percent, compared to the state legal limit of .08.

She has been released on $85,000 bail, the report said, and is due back in court on Nov. 17.

Nobody from Westampton Township police or Westampton Middle School was immediately available for further information or comment.

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