By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News
A Leander ISD bus driver was arrested and charged with a DWI Thursday afternoon while taking 20 to 30 children home on bus #336 from River Ridge Elementary in Steiner Ranch.
Kathy Loraine Legrand booking photo.
Kathy Loraine Legrand, 61, was charged with driving while intoxicated with child passengers, a state jail felony, according to an arrest affidavit. Legrand said she had Xanax before driving the bus. Blood tests were pending at the time of this report.
Jail records show that Legrand was booked at the Travis County Jail on Thursday night with bail set at $35,000. She was released on Friday.
A star jail felony is punished by 6 months to two years in a state jail and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
The arrest happened off of Merlene Drive off of S. Quinlan Park Road before 4 p.m. on October 16 after Legrand destroyed a mailbox and hit tree branches.
Bus #336 destroyed this mailbox before the driver, Kathy Loraine Legrand, was arrested for DWI on Thursday afternoon.
The bus was occupied by a mix of kindergarten to fifth grade students. No children were injured, but another bus was brought in to take the remaining students home.
“We immediately terminated (Legrand) and cooperated with the police and authorities and provided police with information,” said Veronica Sopher, a spokesperson for the district.
Kathy Legrand was driving bus #336 on Thursday, taking kids home from River Ridge Elementary School before being arrested and issued a DWI.
“We made phone calls to parents who had students involved,” Sopher said. RRE had additional counselors and resources available at the school on Friday in case there was concern or stress surrounding the situation. Continue reading