'I haven't had a drink in years' Bus driver claims doughnut to blame for erratic driving

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Bus driver says doughnut to blame for erratic driving
A bus driver accused of driving intoxicated says she'd actually had a doughnut that made her sick.

SPRING, Texas -- The school bus driver in north Harris County accused of driving students while intoxicated denies that she had been drinking.

ABC13 reporter Courtney Fischer asked Linda Godejohn about the DWI charges against her as Godejohn left jail Friday morning after posting $100 bond.

"They keep saying that I have been drinking. I don't drink. I haven't had a drink in years," Godejohn said, denying that she got behind the wheel of the school bus drunk.

Deputy constables say Godejohn was caught driving the bus Thursday with students from YES Prep Public School on board.

She was arrested near Aldine Westfield and Hirschfield Road shortly after 2 p.m.

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said Godejohn failed a field sobriety test "miserably" after callers into 911 reported the school bus driver for driving erratically.

"How do you explain failing a field sobriety test?" Courtney asked.

"It's hard. I couldn't even do it right now," Godejohn responded.

Godejohn also said that she wasn't on any medication. When pressed about the matter, Godejohn said she'd had a doughnut that made her sick, triggering the erratic driving.

"They've been riding all year long. Nothing has changed. Except I got something from the school to eat. It had made me sick," Godejohn said.

"My stomach was hurting so bad that my wheel fell off the thing, the curb. That's all it was. It was going at 45 mph. It's going to whip back," she explained.

Deputy constables said the students riding the bus were all between the ages of 13 or 14 years old. We do not know which YES Prep campus the students attended.

No students were injured during the incident.

Deputy constables say the woman, identified as Linda Godejohn, was caught driving the bus Thursday with students from YES Prep Public School on board.

Godejohn is a bus driver for First Student Bus Company, which is a vendor to YES Prep.

The school released this statement to ABC13 Eyewitness News Thursday evening:

YES Prep Public Schools has learned that a contracted bus driver was pulled over for driving erratically and then taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. If these allegations prove true, we are furious that this driver put our students in harm's way.

The bus driver is employed by First Student Bus Company - a bus vendor contracted by YES Prep - and is not a YES Prep employee. All of First Student Bus Company's drivers undergo regular finger printing and rigorous background checks. If she is formally charged, she will never again be behind the wheel of a YES Prep-contracted bus.

We entrust our contracted bus drivers to get children home safely and without incident. Our top priority will always be the safety and well-being of our students - in and out of the classroom.