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Drunk Driver Hits School Bus- Then Leaves

(From WPBN)-- A Michigan woman was arrested for her fifth drunk driving offense after crashing into a school bus and then taking off.

Fortunately the students on board were not injured, but now the driver is facing some serious charges.

Students were stunned after a PT cruiser crossed the centerline and slammed into the bus at the intersection of East Main St. and South Straits Highway in Wolverine.

"It's just tense moments when you hear bus accident, you don't know what happened or what took place," Mark Dombroski, Cheboygan School Superintendent said.

The driver of the car was Susan Banister,54, of Wolverine.

Immediately after the crash, she walked away from the scene.

She was also driving without a license and had four previous drunk driving convictions on her record.

She is being charged with three counts that could land her up to five years in prison.

"It's very fortunate that none of the children were hurt on that bus," Lt. Cook said. "And it's very unfortunate that she took it upon herself to be driving while under suspicion for drinking and not having a valid license."

Twelve students were on the bus. Most of them being transported from Cheboygan County's vocational school back to their homes in Wolverine.

"Wolverine sent a bus and was able to load students off of the bus to their bus and deliver them to their final destination," Dombroski said.

Banister remains in jail tonight on a $50,000 cash bond.

She will be back in court for a preliminary examination on April 30.


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