Troopers: Bus driver who drove students to school charged with DWI

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — A school bus driver in Cleveland County is behind bars after troopers said she was driving students while impaired.

According to the Highway Patrol, someone alerted the school resource officer at Union Elementary School Thursday morning that a bus driver might be impaired. The SRO called troopers and when they got to the school, troopers were told that the bus driver had recently dropped students off at the school.

“They conducted an investigation and formed an opinion that the driver was, in fact, impaired,” said Trooper Ray Pierce.

Troopers investigated and said Raven Ross Fite, of Lawndale, was taken into custody and brought to the hospital to have blood drawn. The 27-year-old was then taken to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and booked into jail under a $2,500 secured bond and charged with DWI.

Parents who lined up Thursday afternoon to pick up their children from the school were still trying to absorb the news of the arrest.

“That’s very concerning to know that one of them was impaired,” said Michele Blackman. “That doesn’t sit very well, knowing that the bus drivers may not be keeping our children safe.”

“I would hope the school would do a better job as far as vetting bus drivers,” said grandparent Wendy Bumgarner.

Pierce said the DWI charge is already serious enough when the suspect is the only person in the car, “But when you have got several students on board a school bus, that kind of takes it to another level,” he said.

No other details have been released.

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