A Baldwin County school bus driver who was charged with driving under the influence while operating a bus loaded with school children has been released on bond.
Vicki Patrick, 58, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment.
According to Baldwin County Jail records, Patrick was released on Tuesday. Patrick resides in Robertsdale, records show.
Sheriff’s deputies said it was the quick thinking by a Robertsdale High School student that alerted them to the situation last week, when Patrick allegedly operated a bus while intoxicated with 25 students on board.
The student called his mother from the bus, and she notified authorities. They said the driver was well over the legal limit.
Deputies said Patrick’s blood-alcohol content was near 15 times the .02 legal limit for CDL licensed drivers, putting it at about 1.3. At her bond hearing, prosecutors asked for and received a $25,000 bond on a reckless endangerment charge which equates to $1,000 for each child on the bus. Patrick was given a $10,000 bond for the DUI charge.
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