Spring, Texas – May 31, 2019: Linda Sue Godejohn is out of jail on bond after allegedly driving a school bus intoxicated while it was occupied by students.
Godejohn was released Friday morning after paying a $100 bond, according to court documents. In an interview with Godejohn after being released from jail, she claims that she “hasn’t had a drink in years” and says she became sick after eating a doughnut she had gotten from the school earlier in the day.
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office say they received a call into their dispatch center reporting a bus driving erratically on the roadway. Deputies were able to locate the bus and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Hirchfield and Aldine Westfield, Thursday afternoon.
Constable Mark Herman says that deputies immediately conducted field sobriety tests in which she “flunked miserably”.
Godejohn was arrested and charged with DWI.
The bus driver is employed by First Student Bus Company, a bus company contracted by YES Prep Schools.
The school released the following statement.
“YES Prep Public Schools has learned that a contracted bus driver was pulled over for driving erratically and then taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. If these allegations prove true, we are furious that this driver put our students in harm’s way.
The bus driver is employed by First Student Bus Company – a bus vendor contracted by YES Prep – and is not a YES Prep employee. All of First Student Bus Company’s drivers undergo regular fingerprinting and rigorous background checks. If she is formally charged, she will never again be behind the wheel of a YES Prep-contracted bus.
We entrust our contracted bus drivers to get children home safely and without incident. Our top priority will always be the safety and well-being of our students – in and out of the classroom.”