- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

BENTON, La. (AP) - A Benton woman has been arrested on charges that she drove a school bus route while under the influence of alcohol.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said in a news release that Donna Atkinson, 50, was arrested after showing signs of impairment during a random drug screening.

Atkinson drove to the drug testing site Thursday morning in her school bus after picking up students and taking them to school.

Whittington says Atkinson performed poorly on a field sobriety test and told deputies she had drunk alcohol Wednesday night.

Atkinson is charged with driving while intoxicated and child engenderment. She was jailed and bail was set at $1,000.



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