Former Mount Prospect school bus driver Betty Burden, charged with a DUI after uneventfully dropping off 50 students, already has been fired. But she has not been convicted of a crime and actually plans to enter a plea of not guilty to felony aggravated DUI, her Illinois DUI lawyer told the Chicago Tribune.
Betty Burden was formally indicted in Cook County Circuit Court last week after her March 9 arrest on suspicion of drunk driving while dropping off students from Lions Park Elementary School. Her blood-alcohol registered 0.226, nearly three times the legal limit, according to police cited in the article.
The district's transportation supervisor, Vincente Ramirez, also was fired in the wake of the DUI, as reported by the suburban paper Journal & Topics. Police and school officials said Vincente Ramirez allowed Betty Burden to complete her route even though a co-worker raised concerns that she was intoxicated, according to the Tribune story.