A faculty bus driver was arrested and charged with driving whereas intoxicated below Leandra’s Regulation after police mentioned they discovered her “slumped over the steering wheel” with a 9-year-old woman aboard the bus Monday afternoon in Hempstead.
Nassau County police mentioned Hempstead law enforcement officials responded to South Franklin and Grove streets at about 4:50 p.m. to test on the well-being of the motive force and within the ensuing investigation decided, primarily based on “a number of clues indicating the presence of alcohol,” that the feminine driver was drunk.
Police mentioned Mercedes Parada, 29, of Hempstead, was arrested and charged with driving whereas intoxicated, aggravated driving whereas intoxicated below Leandra’s Regulation and endangering the welfare of a kid. Police mentioned the investigation is constant and will result in extra costs.
Police mentioned the 9-year-old was the one pupil aboard the bus when officers arrived, however couldn’t instantly say what number of kids had beforehand been on board throughout the route. In a information launch police mentioned: “All kids had been accounted for and safely launched to their mother and father.”
Police have additionally not launched particulars on the bus firm Parada was driving for or what district or college the bus was serving on the time.
Leandra’s Regulation is called for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in October 2009 when a automobile she and different ladies attending a sleepover had been driving in — pushed by a drunk driver — overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway. The legislation makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a passenger below age 16 within the car.
Courtroom information present that Parada was arraigned Tuesday in First District Courtroom in Hempstead and that the case was adjourned till Sept. 30, with a brief order of safety issued. It was unclear if she is represented by counsel.