BUS DRIVER ARRESTED FOR DWI-DRUGS
Operator Charges with 3 Felony Counts
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of 63-year-old Marianne Clayton of Silver Creek on multiple felony DWI charges on June 1.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Route 438 and Woodchuck Road on the Seneca Nation of Indians Territory following a request from SNI Marshals. The Marshals initiated a traffic stop after observing a school bus swerve into oncoming traffic. While speaking with the driver, a Marshal observed signs of impairment.
A Sheriff’s Deputy administered standard field sobriety tests, which Clayton failed. Following the tests, a Sheriff’s Drug Recognition Expert transported Clayton to the North Collins Substation and performed a drug evaluation, and found her impaired by drugs.
Clayton was arrested and charged with three felony counts of aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, a misdemeanor count of DWI-Drugs, and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The defendant was released to a sober third party.
At the time of the incident, nine Gowanda Central School students were on the bus and were heading to the Lakeshore BOCES.
The Gowanda School Resource Officer assisted with notifying guardians and arranging transportation for the students.