- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been charged with driving a school bus carrying 12 students while under the influence of alcohol.

Fifty-three-year-old Patti Komack, of Hopewell Township, didn’t immediately return a call for comment Tuesday on the drunken driving and child endangerment charges reported by the Beaver County Times (https://bit.ly/1cNEGsI ).

Township police say other school bus employees contacted Hopewell Area School District Superintendent Charles Reina after smelling alcohol on Komack’s breath the morning of April 23.

Reina says the district operates its own bus system and that Komack is no longer employed.

Another bus was dispatched to pick up Komack’s passengers, who attended Hopewell Senior High School and two private schools.

Police say tests showed Komack’s blood-alcohol content exceeded the 0.02 percent limit for school bus drivers. The limit for most other drivers is four times higher.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, https://www.timesonline.com/

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