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School bus driver says she wasn't drunk
Rochester, N.Y. - Gas station surveillance video shows Amini Kellum's bus as it crashed into a gas pump at a gas station on Mt. Read Boulevard.
Moments after, you can see Kellum get out to see what she hit, then get back inside in an attempt to move the bus.
A short time later police were called along with a manager and another employee with the First Student Bus Company, whom Kellum worked for.
When checking on Kellum, they smelled alcohol on her breath and told police.
According to court documents, police asked Kellum if she'd been drinking, Kellum said no.
But a breathalyzer showed otherwise.
Her blood alcohol level was .09%. Police said Kellum slurred her speech and her eyes were bloodshot and glazed.
She also couldn't keep her balance.
Kellum admits she was drinking the night before but was not the day of the crash.
"I had two beers the night before. I started at eight and got done with them about eleven," Kellum said.
"No, I wasn't drunk, if that was the case then I wouldn't have come to work," Kellum said.
There were no children on the bus when it crashed but Kellum told police she had just dropped them off and she was on her way to a refresher course.
The Brighton School District sent a letter to parents stating, "Words cannot express how disappointed we are that children may have been placed in harm's way through our service. First Student has a zero tolerance policy regarding drug and alcohol use by their employees. we have been informed that the driver will be immediately terminated."
Jennifer Wolfley got that letter from the district. She said while she's relieved to know Kellum won't be behind the wheel of her son's bus, she still has concerns.
"It is a bit of a kick in the gut to all parents obviously in the area, going into the school year having this exceptional circumstance from yesterday occur - it adds another level of stress," Wolfley said.
Wolfley said because of this incident, she will be taking the time to get to know her son's bus driver.
Kellum faces a felony charge for driving under the influence with children under the age of 15 on the bus as well as several misdemeanor charges.
Her license was also suspended.