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Illinois school bus driver was more than three times the legal limit, prosecutors say

An Illinois school bus driver is arrested after she’s caught with a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit, prosecutors say.

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A veteran Illinois school bus driver is busted for trying to pick up special needs of the students, while having a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit, prosecutors say.

Karen Kawa, of Chicago Ridge, was arrested Wednesday after pulling up to the Walsh elementary School in Summit. A special needs assistant allegedly saw her very odd, and notified the school’s principal students on board the bus, the Chicago Tribune reported.

When the principal asked Kawa to step off the bus, they allegedly had trouble standing, officials told the newspaper.

The students went as the main removed the keys from the ignition. Kawa then blew a 0.231 a blood-alcohol test performed by the police, prosecutors say. In Illinois, a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is considered a DUI.

Kawa, 52, has been charged with one count of aggravated DUI while driving a bus, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing court documents, and a Cook County Judge bail for her at $5,000 on Thursday.

Her lawyer says that she has worked as a school bus driver for the past decade.

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