Lee County school bus driver arrested on DUI while heading to work

April 18th, 2011 by Staff

www.news-press.com – A Lee County school bus driver was arrested Friday after deputies say she drove drunk to work, where she was to get behind the wheel of a bus.

Lane Tripp, 46, of Lehigh Acres, is charged with driving under the influence.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, an off-duty deputy saw Tripp weaving on the road in her personal vehicle Friday afternoon.

The deputy contacted uniformed deputies and followed Tripp to the Lee County bus barn on North Leonard Avenue in Lehigh Acres, where she was reporting for work.
When deputies arrived, they found Tripp sitting against a light pole by herself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said Tripp had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

While performing a field sobriety exercise, Tripp stumbled and was unable to maintain her balance, deputies said.

Breath tests revealed blood alcohol levels of .252 and .245, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Tripp was cited for careless driving in 2008, to which she pleaded no contest. A judge withheld adjudication.

Lee County School District officials could not be reached for comment late Friday.

6:06 p.m.

A Lee County school bus driver was arrested today for allegedly driving under the influence while she was on her way to work.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, an off-duty deputy saw Lane Tripp, 46, weaving on the road in her personal vehicle.

The deputy contacted uniformed deputies and followed Tripp to the Lee County bus barn on North Leonard Avenue in Lehigh acres, where she was reporting for work.

When deputies arrived, they found Tripp sitting against a light pole by herself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said that Tripp had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

While performing a field sobriety exercise, Tripp stumbled and was unable to maintain her balance, deputies said.

A breath test revealed blood alcohol levels of .252 and .245, more than three times the legal limit of .08.
Tripp has been charged with DUI first offense.

Officials with the Lee County School District could not be immediately reached.

5:35 p.m.

A Lee County school bus driver was arrested today for allegedly driving under the influence while she was on her way to work.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, an off-duty deputy saw Lane Tripp, 46, weaving on the road in her personal vehicle.

The deputy contacted uniformed deputies and followed Tripp to the Lee County bus barn on North Leonard Avenue in Lehigh acres, where she was reporting for work.

When deputies arrived, they found Tripp sitting against a light pole by herself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said that Tripp had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

While performing a field sobriety exercise, Tripp stumbled and was unable to maintain her balance, deputies said.

A breath test revealed blood alcohol levels of .252 and .245, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Tripp has been charged with DUI.


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