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Lockport school bus driver gets plea deal in DWI case

A Lockport school bus driver who drove 32 children on a field trip while under the influence of alcohol and a painkiller admitted to a misdemeanor Wednesday, after a judge suppressed much of the evidence against her.

Diane M. Nelson, a school bus driver, was charged with DWI and other charges in the parking lot of a Lockport bowling alley.

Diane M. Nelson, 59, of Niagara Street, who originally faced felony charges, could be jailed for up to a year for impaired driving when she returns to State Supreme Court Feb. 7.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Nelson invoked the right to remain silent before a police drug recognition expert questioned and tested her. Her blood alcohol content was measured at .04 percent.

Nelson was arrested about 10 a.m. Nov. 23, 2016, outside a Lockport bowling alley. Defense attorney George V.C. Muscato said Nelson drank the night before and took her prescribed hydrocodone that morning.

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