A 44-year-old school bus driver, in suburban Chicago, was arrested after police said she drank beer while picking up elementary students for school.

According to the Aurora Police Department, Michelle Passley of North Aurora picked up the school bus around 6 a.m. on Nov. 15.

The school bus video appears to show Passley placing the beer can into a brown paper bag and drinking from it along a morning route about 40 miles west of Chicago. Thirty-two children were on board the bus at the time, ABC7 reported.

The bus company told police that a gas station clerk called the school district after selling beer to a woman and watching her drive off in the bus. The company reported the incident to the police after reviewing bus camera footage.

The school district said Passley is not an employee of the district. She contracts the First Student Bus Company for its busing services.

The bus company said in a statement that they have terminated the driver and have been working with the authorities to support their investigation.

Passley was then arrested on Monday, Nov. 25, more than a week after this video appears to show her sipping beer and steering a school bus.

The 44-year-old driver was charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child, according to ABC7.

Police said no children were injured even though parents and investigators are appalled.

“It’s infuriating to believe that someone who is trusted with these children on a daily basis could potentially put them in this kind of danger,” Chief Kristen Zinman said.

Passley has been released on a $100 bond. She is due in court again on Dec. 27, according to police.


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