PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Preble Shawnee bus driver is cited with OVI and child endangerment after she struck a road sign along a roadway while transporting students Wednesday morning.
Preble County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crash on Camden Road, just west of US-127.
A School Resource Officer reported that when the bus returned to the transportation barn at Preble Shawnee High School, the driver showed signs of being impaired.
No students or staff were injured, and the bus received only very minor damage.
Deputies determined that the bus driver was likely impaired, but alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.
She was placed under arrest and taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where she refused to submit to a chemical test.
Ultimately, she was released and is summoned to Eaton Municipal Court on August 26.
Preble Shawnee Superintendent Matt Bishop released the following statement:
“This morning, a Preble Shawnee School District school bus was involved in an accident. It didn’t involve another vehicle and no students were injured,” the prepared statement reads. “The bus sustained minor damage and remained operable. The bus returned to the high school and the driver was placed on administrative leave, according to board policy. The matter is under investigation.”Superintendent Matt Bishop, Preble Shawnee
The Sheriff’s Office says administrators with the Preble Shawnee Local School District are fully cooperating with the investigation, which remains ongoing.