Almost every parent is concerned for their child’s safety whenever they go to school each day. No parent should worry about whether their child can get to and from their destination safely because their school bus driver has been drinking.
KTLA reports that such an incident was a near miss when a school bus driver with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, May 24.
According to a statement issued by the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, at approximately 2:18 p.m. outside Etiwanda High School, located at 13500 Victoria Street, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department deputies contacted the 48-year-old school bus driver.
Authorities have identified the driver as Lalisha Ann Julius of Fontana. Sheriff’s deputies confronted Julius in front of the high school and conducted field sobriety tests. After failing these, a breathalyzer test confirmed that Julius had a blood alcohol level greater than the legal limit of .08 percent.
Julius was arrested on the charges of DUI and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 percent. She was taken into custody and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
Officials confirmed that at no time were students, children, or passengers on the bus with Julius.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department asks that anyone with any further information about the incident contact Deputies Michael McDonald or Melissa Harrison of the Rancho Cucamonga Station at (909) 477-2800. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or submit a tip online at wetip.com.