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Wake County school bus driver arrested on DWI charge

Posted October 15, 2012

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— A bus driver for the Wake County Public School System is off the road after being arrested over the weekend on a driving while impaired charge.

Sherron Letonia Utley, 37, of 501 Creekway Drive in Fuquay-Varina, was arrested Sunday.

Samiha Khanna, a spokeswoman for the school system, said Monday that the district was notified of the arrest Monday morning and that Utley will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

Utley is expected to appear in court on the charge next month.

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  • jjsmith1973 Oct 17, 2012

    The state law says nothing about only when you are working under a cdl. It just states if you hold a cdl you are considered over the legal limit at .04 or above. If it was the case just when driving under employment of the cdl most companies have a zero tolerance policy. Although, that is fine believe what you are told and not the written law in this state.

  • jlh4jdj Oct 16, 2012

    Cantstandgoloanymore I assure you if you possess a cdl even not on duty and blow .04 then you will be charged. I have a friend that was even not on duty. The handbooks say one thing but they pass New DWI laws every year.
    jjsmith1973

    Please give supporting evidence, as your information is incorrect. Just in case you are wondering I hold a CDL with school bus Certs.

  • storchheim Oct 16, 2012

    "A person has a right to earn a living and that right cannot be denied..."

    That's as real as the "right" to health care without paying for it. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Oct 16, 2012

    So we take away her ability to make a living and be a tax paying citizen over a stupid mistake that is correctable? I guess it was a mistake to let the inmates run the asylum.

  • Nancy Oct 16, 2012

    "DWI is a huge deal, but he wasn't driving a bus with 30 kids on it."

    She (not he) and yes, when you hold a CDL passenger stipulation on your drivers license, it matters very much. ANY moving violation (even rolling through a stop sign while driving your personal vehicle) can immediately put you off the road from driving a school bus. And if that moving violation sticks? You lose your CDL and you no longer can drive a bus.

    As it should be.

  • jjsmith1973 Oct 16, 2012

    The state law says another. Pretty soon in a few years don't have one glass of wine at dinner or you will go to jail. As for the person that stated first time DWI offenders get off. How long have you lived in this state? They don't get off. I have seen in work someone be found guilty with a .00 bac reading and nothing on a blood draw. Had to take it to superior court and 3 years later he finally got it thrown out.

  • jjsmith1973 Oct 16, 2012

    Cantstandgoloanymore I assure you if you possess a cdl even not on duty and blow .04 then you will be charged. I have a friend that was even not on duty. The handbooks say one thing but they pass New DWI laws every year.

  • umpcop Oct 16, 2012

    She made a mistake, should go to jail, but why is this news? She was off duty and made a very bad mistake. Must be a slow news day.

  • WageSlave Oct 16, 2012

    I drove 2-1/2 years for Granville County Schools for the grand total of $22.00/ mo.
    Wayneboyd.

    Inflation is a beast huh.
    Here is good example of the invisible inflation tax. If you saved that 22 in dollars. What is it worth today? If you would save it in silver bought in 1956? Worth roughly $968. That is a good example of your wealth being stolen from you and your family through holding dollars.

  • readme Oct 16, 2012

    A little bit of sensationalism baiting going on here. DWI is a huge deal, but he wasn't driving a bus with 30 kids on it.

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