Midland Bus Driver Arrested for DWI

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

A Midland bus driver is behind bars after a scary trip to school on Tuesday morning. 

The driver slammed into the back of a car, and when police arrived, they noticed something terribly wrong. 

Now that driver faces felony DWI charges.

Three four-year-old children and two bus monitors were just on their way to school when their bus hit a small Volkswagon car at the Midkiff and Golf Course intersection.

"This isn't something that happens all the time," Officer Craig Matthews with the Midland Police Department, said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the crash, but when police arrived at the scene they quickly realized that the driver was impaired due to prescription medication.

"There wasn't any alcohol or anything like that involved," Matthews said. "It's a good thing that the school bus kids were safe."

The M.I.S.D. students were on their way to West Early Childcare Center.

"It didn't seem that the children were upset in anyway, and as far as I know, no one was injured," Matthews said.

The bus driver, 50-year-old Susan Spear, now faces three counts of DWI with Child. There's no word yet on whether those medications were abused, but officers say Tuesday morning's accident is part of a larger problem.

If you're impaired and you're operating a vehicle, even under one prescription medication, you could be arrested for DWI.

"It's been a problem and it still is," Matthews said. "And this is just proof of that today."

Police hope this accident will serve as a reminder to check medicine bottles - even one prescription medication dose could impair a driver to the point that they could get a DWI.

"I've seen it to be a big problem, of course," Matthews said. "People don't realize you can be charged with DWI if you're just taking, for example, over the counter medications, even medication prescribed by your doctor. They think it's only alcohol, and that's not true. Unfortunately they find that out when I arrest them."

As for the driver, she's been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.