FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–It was a nervous ride for students on the bus, and now Farminfton parents are on a roller coaster after bus driver Tammy Costello was arrested for DUI earlier this week.
Costello allegedly dropped kids off at the Irvine A. Robbins Middle School while she was drunk behind the wheel, at more than three times the legal limit. Now, the Connecticut DMV is saying that this was not the first time she had driven drunk.
Ten years ago, Costello was arrested for DUI, but because she completed the alcohol education program, she was never convicted.
“The driving record shows she went through the alcohol education program and matched up with that is an arrest date for a drunken driving incident,” said Bill Seymour of the DMV. He also said that the DMV’s investigation will go far beyond the driver accused of driving drunk. Now, they are inspecting all of the driver records to see exactly who is behind the wheel.
“It has been our practice and the bus companies know it that when there have been a few serious incidents they can expect we will be down there to audit their records,” Seymour said.
Seymour said that on top of the prior arrest for DUI, Costello also side-swiped something, knocking the mirror off a bus, and failed to report it to police. She also had a speeding ticket in her own vehicle. None of this would have legally stopped the bus company from hiring her.
“It’s disappointing,” said Kyle Meccariello, a Farmington parent. “I am concerned for not only my child but for all the children who have to be subjected to that.”
“They are carrying school children and they are responsible for their lives they really need to do a better job,” said Farmington parent Karen Cardillo.