Cook County Judge John Scotillo sentenced former Mount Prospect school bus driver Betty Burden to 2 1/2 years of probation for driving drunk when she dropped 45 students home from Lions Park Elementary School. Scotillo made a note of Burden's "exemplary" job performance and clean driving record when he decided to keep her under probation rather than sentence her to a prison term.
Burden, 55, was arrested last March and initially faced up to three years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to felony DUI charges earlier this month, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She had failed a field sobriety test, and the results of a breath test revealed the former bus driver had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.226 percent. That's nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.