Alleged drunk bus driver in court

Tammy Costello in court.

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– The Farmington bus driver accused of driving drunk faced a judge Tuesday.

Police say Tammy Costello was driving three times the legal commercial limit with a bus full of children when she was pulled over.

Forty-four year-old Costello from Bristol said very little to reporters coming out of court. She faced the judge accused of driving a school bus full of 20 Farmington children while police say her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Children described the ride on August 27th..

“Swerving side to side. It just got your heart beating a little faster,” said a student.

Officers say they noticed the bus swerving and pulled it over. Police say she failed the field sobriety test and the DMV reports this isn’t the first time Costello has had a run-in like this. Ten years ago Costello was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and completed an Alcohol Education Program, so she was never convicted.

Now she’s charged with another DUI and 20 counts of risk of injury to a minor. She’s due back in court September 30th. She’s been suspended from the M&J Bus Incorporated.

When asked what she will do until her next court date she said “my attorney will decide that.”

The DMV says they’re now inspecting all driver records to see exactly who is behind the wheel.

The Superintendent for Farmington schools didn’t want to do an on-camera interview but wrote a statement saying “The District finds this incident to be unacceptable. They’re looking toward a swift resolution and they’ve been communicating with the M&J Bus Company and they have been fully cooperative in the investigations being conducted by the police and DMV.”

News reached out to the bus company late Tuesday afternoon and have not heard back.

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