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, 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.