Special Needs Transportation

Former Special-Needs School Bus Driver Gets Jail Time for Drunk Driving

Posted on August 1, 2016
Sherry Lund of Utah is sentenced to 20 days in jail and receives a $1,950 fine after pleading guilty to driving drunk with students on board. Stock photo courtesy Liberty County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.
Sherry Lund of Utah is sentenced to 20 days in jail and receives a $1,950 fine after pleading guilty to driving drunk with students on board. Stock photo courtesy Liberty County (Texas) Sheriff's Office.

AMERICAN FORK, Utah — A former special-needs school bus driver here has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving drunk with students on board, Deseret News reports.

On the afternoon of March 8, Sherry Lee Lund was driving four special-needs students and an aide when she was stopped by police, according to the newspaper. Officers reported that Lund appeared impaired and smelled like alcohol, police spokesman Owen Jackson told Deseret News. He also said that her blood alcohol content was 0.17, which is a little more than twice the legal limit.

Nearly one month earlier, Jackson added, police were notified that Lund had been found "unconscious on the side of the road," according to the newspaper. Lund resigned from her job with the Alpine School District on May 10, Deseret News reports.

On Tuesday, Lund pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and to two counts of reckless endangerment, all of which are class A misdemeanors, according to the newspaper. Three additional reckless endangerment charges were dismissed in exchange for Lund’s plea. She was also ordered to pay a $1,950 fine, with a credit given if she completes an addiction recovery program. She is also required to complete 18 months of probation after her release, including using an interlock system in her car, according to Deseret News.

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Related Topics: impaired driving, Utah

Comments ( 2 )
  • Steve

     | about 2 years ago

    Just noticed the B.A.C. number of 0.17. That is actually .01 over 4 times the legal maximum fir a CDL driver. Lots of people do not know a CDL driver has half the limit as a max, and that is at all times, and in all vehicles including the personal car.

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