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Cumberland school bus driver faces DWI charge

Posted October 20, 2011

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— A Cumberland County school bus driver has been charged with driving while impaired in connection with a wreck near Stedman this week.

Eva Myles Williams was driving bus No. 786 when it ran into the back of a car stopped for other traffic on Maxwell Road, near N.C. Highway 24, at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the wreck report. The bus was traveling at about 5 mph at the time.

About 20 students at Cape Fear High School and Mac Williams Middle School were on board, but no one was injured.

Troopers: School bus driver in DWI had medical condition Troopers: School bus driver in DWI had medical condition

Williams has been suspended while the school district and the State Highway Patrol investigate, district spokeswoman Theresa Perry said. The 22-year bus driver had a spotless record before the wreck, Perry said.

Trooper Greg Steffens of the Highway Patrol said Williams has a medical condition that required her to use oxygen, but she had run out and essentially came to work oxygen-deprived. That condition can affect a person's judgment.

Williams also had taken cough medicine containing codeine, which can induce sleep, Steffens said. Results from tests were pending.

DWI charges can be issued when law enforcement officers suspect that a driver is impaired by medications or drugs, as well as alcohol. Troopers said that alcohol and illegal drugs are not suspected in this case.

Perry said Williams never informed district transportation officials about her procedure. If she had, she wouldn't have been allowed to drive, Perry said.

A woman who declined to provide her name but claimed to be the mother of a passenger on the bus said she and other parents had complained about Williams' driving. Perry said neither of the schools nor district officials had received any such complaints.

Along with DWI, Williams, 50, of 8147 Norris Road in Dunn, was charged with reckless driving and failing to reduce speed.

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  • Papasmurf Oct 21, 2011

    Maybe the sub drivers refusing to drive for her on said morning should be the ones you all are talking junk about POINT BLANK!!! SMH

  • Papasmurf Oct 21, 2011

    No she didnt drive home the ambulance drove her to the hospital where she is still! U people shouldn't comment when you only hear what WRAL wants you to hear!

  • claudiacole Oct 21, 2011

    I HOPE EVA HAS CONTACTED dpi TO FILE A CLAIM RE THE NEW STATE POLICY RE LIABILITY. THEY SAY SHE CAN GET HELP. LET'S SEE HOW IT REALLY WORKS? fULL DETAILS AT WWW.PROFESSIONALLIABILITY.COM

  • mikeyj Oct 20, 2011

    Do not drive ,use machinery ,or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. He`` paddlefoot that's on 2/3 of my medications. They are correct about that. Even my anti seizure meds were doping me out while I built to the theraputic values. Better now BUT still you gotta air to the side of caution.

  • bombayrunner Oct 20, 2011

    And after the whole thing ... she probably 'drove home'.

  • Big D 87 Oct 20, 2011

    Don't forget the article stated "She had also taken cough medicine containing codeine". This can impair you. Point blank no matter what her record is she should have known better. When taking codeine it states DO NOT DRIVE. Not only did she choose to drive but she chose to drive a bus full of kids. Yes this falls under a DWI charge.
    pja1357
    October 20, 2011 1:56 p.m.
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    Might want to re-check that statement .Do not drive ,use machinery ,or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.When you drive a commercial vehicle of any type your not allowed any drugs or alcohol in your system.zero tolorance If you even register on the breathalizer you lose your license.She shouldn't have been behind the wheel.

  • slawrence Oct 20, 2011

    Wral, is it really necessary to print the woman's address?

  • mikeyj Oct 20, 2011

    I suffer a quarter sized cyst in my brain from a disease. I am fine and do not look for sympathy. I have recently been placed on CPAP w 4 L of O2 for night sleep and naps. On days I get froggy and opt to nap without O2 and awake around 200pm, by 500pm I can't carry on a "coherrant" conversation with in the house. I have been accused many times by family and asked often if I have had something to drink. I often ask family to run to the store with me if I drive but much prefer them drive. So let's just not quite hang the driver yet. She "should have" been mature enough to call out when she knew she was out of oxygen.

  • dwallace9392 Oct 20, 2011

    Sad,but often true that medication sometimes take longer to wear off than we think.When this happens,sometimes you are not aware of it until you start driving for a certain period of time. It is usally to late and you can't turn around and go home.Take it early in the afternoon, before you go to bed.This was not done on purpose,so give the woman a break!!!!!

  • fayncmike Oct 20, 2011

    I wonder what Eva Williams really did to encounter the cops wrath. I remember when a Cumberland County ambulance driver ran a red light and hit two cars injuring several people. Nothing was done to him because he was one of the "Good Ole Boys." Justice works very strangely in North Carolina.

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