Drunk Bus Driver Hit Pole With 35 Students on Board on Way to School: Police

Some of the students had minor injuries, authorities said

A school bus driver was allegedly driving drunk with 35 students on board when she sideswiped a utility pole in Westchester County, authorities say.

Mary Coletti, 56, was driving students to Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Monday when she sideswiped the pole around 7 a.m., authorities said.

Police allege Coletti's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08 percent.

A few students suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Lakeland School District Superintendent George Stone tells The Journal News Coletti's bus driver's license has been revoked.

Coletti was arraigned Monday and sent to jail on $1,000 bail. She's due back in court May 18.

It's unclear if she has an attorney.

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