MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced today that a Shamong woman has been indicted by a Burlington County Grand Jury for operating a school bus while impaired by alcohol.
Carole A. Crockett, age 47, of 3 Silver Lake Drive in Shamong, was indicted on one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Second Degree). The indictment alleges that Crockett, a bus driver for a private transportation company, was intoxicated while transporting 25 students home from Westampton Middle School on November 8, 2011.
The investigation revealed that on the afternoon of November 8, 2011 Crockett reported to the school to pick up the students and take them home. Several students were stranded at school because Crockett left before everyone could board the bus.
On the way home, several students called their parents and expressed fear at the way Crockett was driving. Parents then called school officials and said the students on the bus indicated Crockett almost struck a parked car as well as a jogger, and that she had vomited into her handbag.
School officials called police, who caught up with Crockett at Holly Hills Elementary School, where she had gone to pick up another load of students to transport home.
The indictment was returned November 1. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior Court in Burlington County. In addition to the above charge, Crocket received several traffic citations from the Westampton Police Department, including 25 counts of Driving Under the Influence with a Minor as a Passenger. She is free on $85,000 bail.
The investigation was conducted by officers from the Westampton Police Department.
An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.