A former school bus driver in western New York has been sentenced to 90 days in prison for driving under the influence while behind the wheel during a chaotic ride that was captured on the vehicle’s surveillance video.


On January 4, Almond, New York resident Martha Thompson was also sentenced to six months of electronic home monitoring and fined $1,000 in Allegany County Court. On November 2, she pleaded guilty to DUI and 37 counts of reckless endangerment, one count for each student that was on board the bus on May 8.


The surveillance video shows several teenage girls pleading with Thompson to pull over after she missed a turn and drove the bus in reverse. The girls then led some of the younger students out of the bus’ rear as she yelled at them to remain on board.

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