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School bus driver arrested for DWI
Geneseo, N.Y. --- A Livingston County school bus driver faces charges after she allegedly drove students around while drunk Monday morning.
Manon Coyne, 47, was arrested for DWI after dropping off students for summer school in Geneseo. Court paperwork indicates that at least six students were on the bus while she was driving her route; five of them were under the age of 15.
For that reason Coyne was charged with five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and five more counts of felony DWI under Leandra’s Law. That statue applies to adults accused of driving drunk with children in the vehicle.
But Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Deputies state that Coyne’s Blood Alcohol Content when tested was 0.24% - that is three times the legal limit for an adult operating any vehicle, but laws are even more strict for bus and truck drivers.
Coyne has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the Geneseo School District.
Deputies who investigated this case started Monday by assisting members of Geneseo Ambulance who were called to a Lakeville-Groveland Road home in the Town of Geneseo around 7 a.m. The 49 year-old brother of Coyne was transported from that home to the hospital for alcohol poisoning according to authorities.
Deputies then discovered narcotics in the home and arrested Gabrianna J. Allen-Reitter, 19 of Rochester, for a drug charge and resisting arrest.
"As they were completing the scene that morning they had another vehicle drive in erratically where they encountered Ms. Coyne,” Livingston County Undersheriff Jim Szczesniak said of the investigation. “Through the investigation they learned that she (Coyne) had driven by the scene with law enforcement there earlier with the school bus, opted to take that school bus back to the bus garage, and then returned with her personal vehicle.”
Court documents indicate that Coyne was given field sobriety tests after deputies observed, “A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.”
The Bus Route
Deputies claim the investigation revealed that earlier that morning Coyne was driving students on a Geneseo Central School District bus to their first day of summer school.
"There were some stops that were missed and she may have driven by and returned but normal first day of the run they took that as just the first day and not being familiar with the route,” Undersheriff Szczesniak said of the investigation. "Clearly the officers did not observe her operating the bus with the children on the bus but through their investigative ability and the timeline that they were able to close they were able to determine that she was in an intoxicated condition at the point that she was operating the bus with those children."
Court papers state that at least five of the children on the yellow, #106 school bus Coyne was driving were under the age of 15. A sixth student was older.