School Bus Driver Accused Of Driving While Impaired With Kids Onboard

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SENECA NATION – A school bus driver from Silver Creek is facing a slew of charges after she allegedly drove under the influence of drugs with kids onboard her bus.

Deputies with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office says 63-year-old Marianne Clayton was stopped in the area of Route 438 and Woodchuck Road Tuesday for driving erratically.

Seneca Nation Marshals, deputies say, observed her bus swerve into oncoming traffic before the stop.

Nine Gowanda Central School students were on the bus at the time, which deputies say was headed to the Lakeshore BOCES facility.

While a Marshal was speaking with Clayton, she allegedly showed signs of impairment.

After deputies say the woman failed field sobriety tests, she was charged with three counts of aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, one count of DWI-drugs and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Following her arrest, Clayton was released to a sober third party.

Gowanda’s school resource officer helped with arranging transportation for the students, deputies say.


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