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D.A. wants prison for bus driver

by Sean Carroll

Geneseo, N.Y. -- Plea talks continue in the criminal case involving a bus driver for the Geneseo School District who is accused of driving drunk.

Manon Coyne was arrested in July after Livingston County Sheriffs Deputies state that her Blood Alcohol Content was 0.24% which is three-times the legal limit for the driver of a car. Legal BAC limits for drivers of commercial vehicles is lower.

On board the school bus during Coynes run were six students and five were under the age of 15 according to deputies at the time of her arrest.

While Coyne remains in jail negotiations over a possible plea deal continue. She was in Livingston County Court on Tuesday and the case was adjourned until January unless a deal can be reached before then.

"We've been engaged in plea negotiations through the court, she's been engaged in alcohol treatment and counseling, at this point we're not moving off our initial offer, explained Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey. We think this is a scary situation that she essentially was driving a loaded missile with children on it and it's still our request for state prison.

Coynes lawyer had no comment after court.

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