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Bedford County elementary school bus driver arrested for DUI released from jail, arraignment set for Nov. 4

UPDATE

A Bedford County elementary school bus driver arrested after driving children to school while under the influence has been released from the Blue Regional Jail.

52-year-old Kimberly Ricketts, of Campbell County, was charged with three felony counts of child endangerment and one count of driving while under the influence on Thursday in connection to the incident.

We were told that on Oct. 7, a deputy was contacted by concerned parents of a Thomas Jefferson Elementary student. The parents said the bus driver was ‘acting suspicious’ during the morning route.

Due to this, the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Social Services and the school system began an investigation on the allegations against Ricketts.

Authorities say blood test results for Ricketts shows as 0.10 BAC as of 1 p.m.

School officials tell us she was hired in 2006; however, she has not driven since the incident and has been terminated since then.

Ricketts’ arraignment is set for Nov. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY

A bus driver is behind bars after driving children to school while under the influence, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

52-year-old Kimberly Ricketts, of Campbell County, was charged with three felony counts of child endangerment and one count of driving while under the influence.

On Oct. 7, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Bedford County Public Schools mother saying her child’s bus driver was “acting suspicious” during the morning route to the elementary school.

According to authorities, this led to the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Social Services and the school system to open an investigation on the allegations about Ricketts’ actions and behavior.

Ricketts is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on a $3,000 secured bond.


Source: WSLS News 10

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