Transcript for Student calls 911 on allegedly drunk school bus driver
Some issues on the ground as well. We have a newly released video showing scary moments on board a school bus with an apparently drunk driver behind the wheel. Thankfully a student managed to call 911 and get some help. Amy, you're here with this. You can hear the kids screaming. So scary. Police say the bus driver drove two routes dropping off kids in elementary and high school and, yes, thankfully a young student knew to call for help. Yell and scream. Reporter: You're watching new video of what children say was a terrifying bus ride home. No. Reporter: Students screaming while police say their school bus driver Catherine Maccarone was intoxicated behind the wheel. I'm totally crazy. Reporter: At one point the 48-year-old even rambling to herself while the bus was empty before picking up any kids earlier this month in Washington state. You know why I'm doing it? Because my marriage sucks and my husband is a son of a gun and there's nobody on this bus. Reporter: Police say video from the bus camera show Maccarone yelling incoherently for nearly two hours. One of the scared students on board calling 911 after getting off the bus. Our bus driver, Catherine, she was drunk because she was like she passed three red lights. Why do you think she's intoxicated? She's like wobbling and then her eyes, you can tell she was Did she smell of alcohol? Yeah, her breath sort of smelled like alcohol. Reporter: Police officers locating Maccarone say she smelled of alcohol and tested over the legal limit charging her with DUI and two counts of reckless endangerment. This is going to be a DUI. Is it? Yeah. I was hoping the kid wasn't right. Reporter: They say she was talking about her divorce and told officers she takes sleep and anxiety medication. Parents outraged. Maccarone resigned from her job. The school superintendent telling ABC news, putting our students at risk with irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated. It's concerning as a mom. You want your kids to be safe when they go to the bus and trusting they are safe every single day getting to school and that would be awful if something happened to them. Now, longview Washington made changes requiring each driver to show up for a face-to-face check-in before starting their random drug tests are routine but rules vary from state to state and even school district to school district so fur a concerned parent about your kid's driver you probably are going to have been your own advocate. Another complication, guys, is a widely reported shortage nationwide shortage of bus drivers. They're looking for people who are willing to be, you know, the people who are taking our kids hopefully safely to school. I've shared this. I was a school bus driver back in the day and it's quite a responsibility. To hear that little boy's voice on 911. It's heartbreaking. It is. He was 10, wasn't he? He had to be the responsible one for that bus. That's nuts. Good thing he did. Thanks Amy. We move on to new charges
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