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School bus driver who drove under influence avoids jail

Veteran school bus driver Diane M. Nelson, who pleaded guilty to driving a bus full of children while under the influence of alcohol and her hydrocodone prescription, was placed on three years' probation Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Nelson, 59, of Niagara Street, Lockport, drove 32 children on a field trip to a Lockport bowling alley Nov. 23, 2016. She drank the night before and took the painkiller that morning, defense attorney George V.C. Muscato said. She admitted to a misdemeanor count of impaired driving.

Earlier that morning, Nelson was in an accident in the bus but was not charged by the same deputy who arrested her later at the bowling alley. The judge also imposed a fine and fees totaling $895 and revoked Nelson's license.


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