A Cache County School District school bus driver has been booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Cache County Sheriffs Lt. Chad Jensen says deputies responded to a citizen dispute in Hyrum at 7:50 a.m. Friday morning. The dispute was between the bus driver, 56-year old Tamara Gustaveson and another driver. Gustaveson claimed the other driver cut her off while she was driving on Hyrum’s Main Street after dropping students off at South Cache Junior High School. Lt. Jensen says when deputies arrived, they interviewed both drivers and detected an odor of alcohol on Gustaveson. They asked that she submit to a field sobriety test, which she failed. During an inventory search of the bus, deputies found a firearm which belonged to Gustaveson. Jensen says she does have a concealed weapons permit but is not allowed to carry a firearm while intoxicated. Gustaveson was taken into custody and booked into the Cache County jail on enhanced charges, due to the fact that she had children on the bus prior to the incident and had a firearm. Kirk McRae, Director of Human Resources at the Cache County School District says Gustaveson has worked for the district for over 20 years and has had no prior incidents. He says the district was completely caught off guard by the incident, but wants to reassure parents that student safety is the district’s highest priority. Gustaveson has been suspended while the district conducts a full investigation. McRae says due to the initial information it’s likely Gustaveson will serve the suspension without pay and face other employment implications.
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