Rochester Police charged a school bus driver with DWI after she crashed her bus on Mt. Read Boulevard. It happened at a gas station Wednesday morning after police say she dropped off some Brighton Central School students. The driver was arraigned Thursday morning.
Amini Kellum pleaded not guilty in Rochester City Court. Police say she was drunk while she was driving her school bus Wednesday morning, a bus that had students on it just before a minor crash.
Kellum tells us a different story about what happened.
Police say they were called to Mt. Read Blvd. for a crash involving a school bus. That's where they found Kellum, 35, who had pulled into the gas station and hit a railing that protects the gas pumps.
According to police reports, another bus driver who was at the scene smelled alcohol coming from Kellum. The investigating police officer said Kellum had slurred speech, glassy and bloodshot eyes and failed several parts of the sobriety test. According to court paperwork, her blood alcohol content was .09.
The officer said when questioned Kellum, Kellum admitted she had a couple of drinks the night before.
A manager at First Student Bus Company said in a deposition that there were 16 kids on the bus who were dropped off at Hillside and Winton Road. at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The district says the students were on their way to a private school. Kellum dropped them off then went to a refresher course on Colfax Road.
Kellum told us outside court this morning she didn't crash, but thought she had enough room to turn around. She denies there were ever any kids on the bus.
"No, I wasn't drunk driving the bus," said Kellum. "If that was the case, I wouldn't have approve to do the blood test, what's the name test. I was not drunk. If that's the case I wouldn't have come to work."
Superintendent Kevin McGowan of the Brighton Central School District said in a statement that all students were unharmed. His statement went on to say, "This was the first day of school for these students. Words cannot express how disappointed we are that children may have been placed in harm's way through our service."
Kellum had to surrender her license Thursday and is due back in court Sept. 16.