Drunk Bus Driver Takes N.Y. Students On Wild Ride
Surveillance Video Shows 3 Dozen Terrified Kids Begging 55-Year-Old Martha Thompson To Stop The Bus
Woman Eventually Pleads Guilty To 37 Counts Of Child Endangerment
A driver is heading to jail after she was drunk behind the wheel with more than three dozen kids aboard.
And as a surveillance video shows, the children were screaming for her to stop.
The video shows the dangerous school bus ride last May in the Alfred-Almond school district in Allegany County. Martha Thompson, 55, had a blood alcohol content of .15. At the time, she thought the children were over-reacting.
Students can be heard screaming, “Put on the break!”
Driver: “Will you guys stop?”
Student: “Well you’re not okay, and I know it.”
The bus hit high speeds, ran over a mailbox and started rolling backwards downhill.
Student: “Turn the bus off!”
Student: “You’re backing into the freaking ditch; you’re making the little kids cry. Stop!”
Finally, the children opened the emergency door in the back of the bus to get out, despite Thompson pleading against it.
Driver: “You can’t get off the bus!”