Driver charged with DUI while operating a school bus

MANCHESTER, Conn. – According to the Manchester police, a school bus driver carrying Vo-Ag students has been taken into custody on driving under the influence charges.

36-year-old Melissa Forrest was also charged for driving too close to another vehicle. She was taken into custody while taking five students from Rockville High School’s Vocational Agriculture program in the town of Bolton. A person who saw a bus driving erratically in the area of Exit 60 on West Middle Turnpike called the police to report. When officers arrived at the spot, they didn’t find the bus but after sometime they found it after it rear-ended a wheelchair van at Main and Forest Streets. Police reported that Forrest showed signs that she had not been drinking but may have been affected by medication she had been taking.

No one was harmed in the incident.

In a new release, Capt. Christopher Davis said, “While investigating the accident, Ms. Forrest was administered standardized field sobriety tests which she subsequently failed”. He added, “It is unknown at this time why she was driving on Main Street in Manchester at the time of the accident”.

Forrest was released on a $5,000 bond and she is summoned to court on 30th of September.

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