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Columbus School Bus Driver Pleads Guilty to On-Duty OVI
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A former Columbus City Schools driver has pleaded guilty to charges of driving drunk while children were on-board her bus.
Tia Denton pleaded guilty Monday to three misdemeanor charges, including operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering children. Denton was transporting two children via a district bus in South Columbus when she was stopped by police with a open container of alcohol in the vehicle on November 25.
Police measured Denton's blood-alcohol-level at .216 after her arrest. Witnesses told police Denton was driving erratically before she was stopped.
Denton resigned from Columbus City Schools (CCS) on December 4 as district officials prepared for a hearing that would have likely resulted in her termination. She had worked for CCS for less than a year when she was arrested.
Prosecutors agreed to drop an open container charge in exchange for Denton's guilty plea. She faces up to one year in jail, and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 4.