Desert Christian bus driver arrested for DUI

ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 42-year-old woman was arrested for DUI Thursday after she crashed a school bus filled with student athletes into a highway guardrail, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the collision, which happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on SR-138(Pearblossom Highway) at 96th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Palmdale resident Lizabeth A. Bachtelle was driving a school bus carrying 12 members of the Desert Christian high school girls’ basketball team to an away game.

The bus was traveling eastbound on SR-138 at about 53 mph, when Bachtelle allowed the bus to drift right, leave the roadway and crash into a metal guardrail, the CHP report states.

The collision resulted in minor damage to the bus and guardrail.

Bachtelle exhibited signs and symptoms of intoxication and was arrested for DUI and booked into the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, the CHP report states.

Bachtelle has been placed on unpaid leave, pending the CHP investigation, Desert Christian spokesperson Cecil Swetland said Friday.


  88 comments for “Desert Christian bus driver arrested for DUI

  1. Liz
    January 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    “Bus driver Lizabeth Bachtelle was released from custody at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 28. As of Mon. Dec. 31, no formal charges had been filed against Bachtelle. This does not mean charges won’t be filed against her in the future.

    We will update our story when, and if, formal charges are filed against Bachtelle.”

    After reading the AV Times comment above, I wonder if she was charged with DUI or not.

    • sikntired
      January 2, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Why no charges filed?

      • Liz
        January 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        ??? I found that statement posted by AV Times in the Readers Speak Out section 1/2/13.

  2. Liz
    December 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I would bet all those girls had cell phones. How many of them called 911 or their parents to report the driver? We all need to remind our kids NOT to get into a vehicle with someone who is acting intoxicated. Even the Church Bus…especially the church bus.

    • Yo Mama
      December 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Christ Almighty! Do you really think that these naive, brainwashed, little Christian kids have a clue what intoxicated even looks like? All they’re doin is climbin on a bus that’s late to go to their little sports event. They don’t interact with the driver. Sure, anyone can tell when they’re afraid of someone’s driving skills. They’re kids, and the coach(es) are oblivious to the real world based on mystic looooooove. JE-sus!! Get out from under the rock, Sunshine.

      • Jim
        December 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        Why are you attacking the kids with those words? Christian or Atheist, your ignorance shines bright Sunshine!

        • Liz
          January 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          Yo Mama and Jim, Those poor naive kids????? Just because these kids go to a Christian school does not mean they are innocent , naive or somehow not as smart as other kids their ages. They are being taught to make good decisions or have parents helping them make those decisions.
          You and your supporters must be drinking the kool-aide. I was not attacking any children. Are you kidding me? My statement about educating school age kids about not getting in a vehicle with someone who is intoxicated or “acting funny” stands.
          All of the people that have been interviewed have said the driver was swerving and the kids said she was talking loud.
          I simply wondered how many of them called for help. Parents like you jump to conclusions and kill the messenger instead of embracing this as a teaching opportunity that luckily was not a deadly lesson for any of the students or the driver.
          I would be very frustrated as a parent and would seek legal advice from outside Lancaster or Palmdale.

          • Jim
            January 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

            My words were not meant for you in any way shape or form. I was directing them at YoMama exclusively. In fact I have the same questions you raise and will be seeking answers when my child returns to DCS after Christmas break.
            Thank you, Jim

            P.S. In no way shape or form do I view any of the DCS students as anything but above average intelligent persons that will graduate and go on to perform great feats well above that of kids educated in mediocre public school environments. Before I take the firing squad on my public school systems – I have several family members teaching in them and their complaint is the lack of parent participation in their own kids lives.

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          Jim, let’s pay attention. I wrote that, “…they are kids.” Meaning, they’re not gonna be necessarily privy to someone/anyone under the influence of anything without engaging in a conversation, or are able to observe one’s behavior for a period of time. They’re kids. Hell, even law enforcement has to observe a citizen for 15 minutes before they can do a breathalyzer test. (It’s a new law this year. Look it up.) So, that being written, Liz, in her infinite wisdom, thinks these kids should’ve known better with a mere glance, I guess, and you think I’m attacking these children. Well, I think your both missin the point by a long shot. I don’t think that group of kids are able to tell if someone’s lit at a glance, therefore, I consider my comment in defence of the chillens. How would they know? The “coach” is a dope. Simple as that. There ya have it…

          • Liz
            January 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

            Yo Yo Yo.
            As you may have read by now, there were a number of girls on the bus who DID call their parents because they knew something was wrong with the driver. I wouldn’t expect them to determine what was wrong with her after any amount of time. You seem to be gravitating to a glance. I never said anything about the girls making any determination, AT A GLANCE.
            I was merely asking how many of them made a call to 911. Seems that a number called their parents like I stated above. Why you think that is so strange, I’m not sure.
            I do think this happened last year (2012)so for whatever reason you felt it was important to let us know the NEW law, it didn’t apply. Certainly not to the high school girls wanting to play volleyball and not to the cops.
            The driver is responsible for her actions, however, the school should be held accountable. Wasn’t that driver union? She’ll probably keep her job and be back driving within a few months, unless she goes to jail.

      • Frustratedparent
        January 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        These children are not brainwashed or naive and you’re the one who needs to get out from under a rock!

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

          Really? That was brilliant. Oprah has her OWN network now. She’s on all the time. Enjoy! Dope…

      • Liz
        January 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        Wow, The Almighty Yo Mama has spoken. Oh brother.
        I don’t think any of the long time residents like what this area has become so to act like you are the only one appauled at what this valley has become is a bit arrogant and narcisistic. Don’t cha think?
        So, you’re a highly respected leader in this valley, so to be honest & politically incorrect, you have to hide your identity like a celebrity would. “Yo Mama” is a simple mocking of the ways of this valley by today’s standards. You’ve been here 35 years this month, and you can’t stand what this place brings in terms of intelligence, poverty and violence. It’s not how it used to be here. You wish you could move, but you are too entrenched in the system here to do so. Bummer for us. You’ll be here tellin it like it is for more, many more, years to come…
        You are brilliant in your own mind.

        • Necromancer
          January 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

          Yes, and? Homey never said anything about bein the only person that hates what this place has turned into. I think he’s (or whatever) referring to folks like you. I don’t think you understand what Yo Mama’s gettin at. I think I do though. I’ve been here that long, and I see what he means. It’s right in front of you. All over this valley. Stupidity, violence and poverty are rampant here, and it seems Yo Mama has the balls to write their viewpoint whether it pisses you off or not, Liz. Leave him alone! What up Yo Mama??!??

          • Liz
            January 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

            He didn’t piss me off at all. I agree that things have gotten out of hand in the AV.
            Things have changed everywhere in the past 35 years and this valley has gone in a bad direction. Yo Mama is not the only one who can recognize that, and seriously, neither are you. The violence, gangs and crime, combined with submissive attitudes by so many residents who are only reactionary is a problem. People “like me” can see the problems and don’t have to be here for 35 years to think it is a shame.
            I love how all you guys who work together stick together. If only you were “for the people” and not out for yourselves, maybe something could get accomplished in cleaning up this cesspool.

          • Yo Mama
            January 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

            Bless your gizzard, Necromancer. I dig the handle. Caress Of Steel, no doubt…

            And, don’t sweat ol Liz. She’s just tryin to save the world. Jim gets it, too. He’s just stuck in mystic loooooove. Poor fella.

        • Yo Mama
          January 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

          but, everyone’s a reflection of me…

      • Sunshine
        January 4, 2013 at 12:16 am

        You were kidding when you asked if the “little Christian kids have a clue what intoxicated even looks like”, right? Most are hiding behind their little school girl uniforms.

        • Yo Mama
          January 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

          Now here’s a cat that gets it. At least a little. The second sentence of your missive is right on target…

          I wasn’t exactly kidding, but it does bring home a fine point. There are some things these kids full of mush understand. But, in the excitement of sports “road tripping”, they go to La La Land just like this stupid f****n coach did, and the stupid f****n coach is an adult! They have to pay attention always regardless of their age. Why would a teenage child with a phone, and in danger call their folks? Because they’re still oblivious of the 911 system we have in this country, as sad as it is these days. That’s not a childs fault. That’s the oblivious parents fault. These kids need to know when to call Mommy, and when to call 911. Too many, in this case, called Mommy in my opinion, and none that I’ve heard called 911, including the stupid f****n coach! It’s been said here that “others” called 911. No one on the charter called 911? There are parents that had kids on that bus so proud to say on this site that their child called them first; ten minutes into their trip. I would’ve said, “Jesus Christ child! Call 911 then call me back!”

          So, yeah, the little religious group won’t always get it. You betcha…

    • Frustratedparent
      January 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      My child was on the bus and she did notify me. The coach also tried several times to get the bus to pull over. Also the highway patrol had been notified BEFORE the crash but had not yet reached them

      • Yo Mama
        January 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Your child was on the bus with a maniac, and the child called you? What’s wrong with this picture? So, if I’m shot in the arm, I’m gonna call my Mom?!!? No, I’m gonna call an ambulance! Child should’ve called 911! Not you! I hope my boy, Jim, is reading this. See? KIDS DON’T GET IT!!! What’s Mommy gonna do but panic, and then cause more panic; from where?!!? The house?!!? That was wasted precious time, and child should probably be tutored on emergency protocol while being driven by a maniac, or the house is on fire, or they’ve been shot at. 911 first! Then Mommy….For the looooooooove of Christ

    • Yo Mama
      January 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

      I’m responding to the missive below that won’t allow a reply.

      Simply put, you’re a dope, and you don’t get it. This’ll be the last post from me to you, Lizzy based on your elementary thought process.

      First, no child can administer a breathalyzer test on a citizen. The point was (cuz you’re a dope) that there has to be a period of time to observe one’s behavior to determine intoxication. The date is irrelevant, Ding Dong. Unless these kids’ parents are lit all the time (which is possible, even under the cloak of religion), I’m not convinced that they get it. They’re kids.

      Second, Bright One. You wrote that the kids should never get on a bus with a driver acting drunk, or something like that. How would they know?? THEY’RE KIDS! Unless theyre around you every day of their young, naive lives, they’re not gonna know what the story is. Why? Cuz they’re CHILDREN!! You might see that at a glance (doubtful), but kids? C’mon…not a chance.

      Last, I don’t understand why all these “parents” responding on this blog haven’t taught their naive, gullible kids with heads full of mush to dial 911 in an emergency. Instead, they called Mommy? That’s a parent failing to teach their kids that they, too, can be in a bad place, and Mommy isn’t always the best choice for a first call when their lives are endangered. Just plain missed the boat, and then proudly announce to the world that, “My kid called me first.” Well, I think that’s pretty dumb…

      Go get yourself a big cup of intelligence and call me in the morning, Dope…

      • Sunshine
        January 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Yo Mama, you talk in circles. Have another drink of self riteousness.
        You simply repeated every point I made and answered every question I asked in your rant and attempt to belittle or minimize my existence.
        Your need to be right and “school” everyone with your thinking and superior thought process is at best, entertaining. Your attempt to make other people look like “dopes” or CALLING ME A DOPE is an attempt to make you look smart? Elementary.

        • T-Bone
          January 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

          Yo Mama sounds right with the points to me! But maybe we grew up in the same reality!

          • Yo Mama
            January 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

            Ha! Maybe?!!!?

        • Yo Mama
          January 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

          Sunshine? I was talkin to some dope named, Liz…

  3. December 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    In addition to the bus driver, the basketball coach also has a hand of responsibiliy in this incident as well. Coaches are to be aware of any danger surrounding their athletes. This bus driver had to have smelled of alcohol and therefore the coach should have INTERVENED and either get another driver or forfeit the game for safety PRECAUTIONS! I’m sure it wasn’t Scope mouthwash this bus driver smelled of.

    Maybe coaches, teachers and principals need to be EDUCATED on the signs and symptoms of individuals under the influence of drugs/alcohol as they play a major role in our childrens lives and spend the most time with them!

    • anonymous
      December 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      He did tell her tip stop numerous times. You don’t know anything cuz you weren’t there. I knew someone on that buys and she heard the coach tell jet to pull over. She kept going. its her fault. She wad being negligent.

      • anonymous
        December 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        *to *bus *her *was

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          Good thing you’re not drivin…

      • December 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        @anonymous… I was making a “general” statement that a coach is just as responsible for their athletes safety, well being and being aware of unusual behavior. I was not there. However, I feel compassion for what those athletes, coaches and any others went through riding on that bus. Ultimately, Desert Christian Schools share liability in this unfortunate incident, and luckily no one was seriously injured or killed because of a drivers selfish negligence. They ought to be randomly drug testing their bus drivers as well.

        My thoughts and prayers go out to the athletes, coaches and family members.

        • anonymous
          December 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

          Plus she wasn’t drunk. She was on prescription medication. Just clarifying for everyone.

          • sikntired
            December 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

            Doesnt matter, still Driving Under the Inluence.

          • sikntired
            December 30, 2012 at 11:32 am


          • December 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

            @anonymous… another news agency is reporting that “according to the CHP report, Bachtelle exhibted symptoms of intoxication and was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol”.– Claudia Lopez, AV Press Saturday, December 29th edition.

            Maybe the AV Times could investigate and update their story.

          • Letlow
            December 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm


            The highway patrol report says nothing about alcohol. Why don’t you do your own research and read the report yourself? I read it by clicking on the link in the story. Sheesh!

          • December 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

            @Letlow…I read the CHP NEWS RELEASE edition, and those are very limited in information. However, I quoted what was published in the AV Press and “sourced” it as obviously Claudia Lopez did a Public Information Request and got the ORIGINAL CHARGE REPORT which has more details than a “News Release” edition.

          • anonymous
            December 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

            I never said it want bad I was just telling you. I know its all a DUI

          • Annoymous as well
            December 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

            Drinking, mixing and abusing medication…its all the same. Would you take prescription pills and drive around your children? No you wouldnt!!!

      • AngryParent
        December 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        This is inaccurate. The coach did not tell her to pull over until right before the accident. My child was on the bus. My child sent me a text 10 minutes in to the ride telling me something was very wrong with the driver and he/she thought they may get hurt on the bus. Why on earth did they continue driving or for that matter why did other people call 911 and not the coach??

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

          Your child sent you a text 10 minutes into the ride? Jesus Christ!! Do any of you teach your kids anything about 911 & what the hell it’s for? There’s another head full of mush that doesn’t get it. If I see a house on fire, I’m not gonna call my Mommy! 911!! Then, and ONLY THEN, call Mommy to chit-chat about it. Unbelievable….

      • January 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Shutup you dont know anything and the girl that you know that was on the bus dose not know what she is talking about ether so shutup

    • Yo Mama
      December 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

      You seem pretty convinced that the driver was drunk. Well, if that’s all the coach was lookin for, they lose. A quick conversation with the driver for observation purposes might’ve helped. But, who thinks to do that?

      You also don’t understand the meaning of the abbreviation for Driving Under the Influence. (They leave the “t” out as it’s rendered irrelevant in the English language) Meaning, a driver can be under the influence of anything that has impaired their driving skills. There are other substances one can ingest that make your head spin, and narcotic pain meds, muscle relaxers and anxiety meds certainly will.

      So, now that you’ve been taught the true/real definition, do you still think the coach was smelling anything? What’s your wives tale about that?

    • AngryParent
      December 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I’m a mother of one of the prescious children that was on that bus. I am very distruaght over this whole situation. Mrs. Bachtelle should have never taken my child’s fate in to her own hands nor anyone else’s child if she was using prescription drugs for any reason. I dont care about the circumstances….that was my child. I allowed my child on that bus with the faith that the adults on it were trusting and aware of the danger they may encounter. I was wrong!!!My child told me the driver was 45 minutes late picking up the kids and within minutes he/she knew something was wrong and she/he doesnt even have a drivers license. I feel the coach (yes he was on the bus) should have stopped her and told her to pull over long before the accident. They were on the bus for 40 minutes before this accident happened and he should be held responsible along with her. He was the only other adult on that bus. From what I am told from several witnesses on scene, she couldnt even walk a straight line. This obviosuly tells me she was abusing medication whether prescribed or not. By the time I got to the scene, she was arrested in the back of the car. Is a Basketball tournament that important that you would over look an intoxicated person behind the wheel and put my child’s life at rish along with 11 other prescious children? As adults we have decisions to make on a daily basis whether it be at work or at home. That’s life but as parent, we have to stop and think about our kids and our decisions we make and how it may affect them. Let this be an eye-opening experience and that hopefully the school will implement some sort of training classes so that they can spot a person intoxicated and we have higher standards for our teachers, staff and coaches.I thank God that no one was seriously injured and I still have my child to hold and watch grow up.

  4. T-Bone
    December 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Well for the Love of God!

    • Yo Mama
      December 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Ha! LMFAO!!!

      Well said…

  5. December 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Like I’ve said, we need to remember that everyone of us is just one bad decision away from having a criminal record. Whether Ms. Bachetell was under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication, she was negligent and made a bad decision to get behind the wheel endangering the lives of these young and aspiring athletes. Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than non-commercial drivers. Ms. Bachtelle could face enhanced punishment for each individual on that bus.

    Additionally, why doesn’t Mayor Parris and City Council exploit this incident and use it to go after commercial drivers driving under the influence who are part of his “christian community” making an example out of them with “zero tolerance”.

    • my2cents
      December 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      For the love of god Egberts, would you kindly crawl back under the rock you came from? Between your celebration of a bunch of felons getting pardoned recently by our worthless Governor Moonbeam, to your “all of us are one bad decision from having a criminal record,” to your comments about the banners on the Blvd and having the nerve to invoke Steve Sorensen’s name, you are a piece of work. To set the record straight, a bad decision is inadvertently rolling thru a stop sign, or something that minor. I’ve made several “bad decisions” during my life, but somehow have survived 40+ years without more than a speeding ticket. That comment is just more of the typical convict “it’s not my fault” mentality. YOUR “bad decisions” on the other hand have consisted of bilking senior citizens out of thousands of dollars, and numerous other FELONY convictions. You invoke Sorensen’s memory, yet you personally have WASTED thousands upon thousands of police/district attorney, and court hours,and money, all on your own. I know, you will holler that you were found not guilty in your last 2 trials, but let’s not forget OJ Simpson was too. Also, is there ANY situation you (and your fellow nutjob, Ace)can’t tie Rex Parris to? This incident occurred in Palmdale. Other than the trip originating from Lancaster, what exactly does Parris need to be responsible for? In general, from what I hear, most commercial drivers, regardless of religion, are hammered for DUI arrests. Please Egberts, go away. Don’t you have another sex offender to run to the rescue of?

      • XterraDriver
        December 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        Bravo! Thank you! I’m so tired oh hearing/seeing the daily screed from this tacky [removed] after she has ruined do many lives! Now she suddenly thinks she’s got a cause. To hell with her!!!!!!!!

      • December 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        @my2cents… I obviously hit a “nerve” with you to respond so maliciously, which about tells me your lack of self-respect and dignity. As for Deputy Stephen Sorenson, he will always be a “street hero” that you could never amount to be.

        • VWFish
          December 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

          WOW??? R E A L L Y ???

          It sounds like you may have graduated from AV High. Say all this praise and C R A P but then act like you are queen hot S * I T when you think you are high and mighty….

          I grew up in LAKE LA..( wow did I just admit that? ) and Dep. Steve was a hellova person and you should not be bringing up that person in ANY conversation ESPECIALLY here where there are peeps that have nothing better to do with their day in THE AV but to bash behind a monitor screen. W T F??? my Guido Pops always told me… “Kill them with a Smile!” And believe me I am Ear To Ear right now…..

          N E X T ????

        • my2cents
          December 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

          With the exception of a few of your fellow crooks on this site, you are on ALL of our nerves Egberts! BTW, learn to spell Sorensen’s name before throwing it around! I worked with the man, and trust me, he would never be associated with a piece of filth like you. Unless maybe, you were in the back of his black & white on the way to jail, where you’ve been so many times. Save all your “us poor ex-cons need more compassion from the community…oh…and more of your free money” BS! Go whine to the moderators of the site about their “unfair coverage” of sex offenders committing crimes again. Better yet, just go away Egberts.

        • J. Ripper
          December 31, 2012 at 5:46 am

          No, you didn’t hit a nerve, you’re a dumb***, period.

  6. Mike
    December 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

    What kind of screening is done for the safety of our children when a Christian school has drunk people driving the kids? Doesn’t sound like the churches standards or concern for safety is very high.

    • Sgt Ames
      December 29, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Who said she was drunk>>> Mayne she was maybe she wassn’t. Maybe she was on meds and didn’t realize the side effects. You got to be careful what you write, for it can be considered slander. DUI mean driving under the influence. Not Drunk under influence> Let’s hope she don’t suew you for your statement

      • Liz
        December 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

        NEWS FLASH Sgt Ames, Headlines: Desert Christian bus driver arrested for DUI.
        Drunk or screwed up on drugs…DUI is DUI

        • Amber
          December 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

          I would like to know where the coaches were. Were they on the bus as well. Didnt they see her swerving? I mean she obviously couldnt drive if she couldnt even walk a straight line. They should be held accountable as well.

          • George
            December 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

            Good question. Wasnt there a coach on the bus if they were on their way to a game? Was he using loaded too? How is it he didnt know she was intoxicated?

          • John P
            December 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

            I told he was on the bus sitting up front with the driver. My sons best friend was on that bus. Tell me this….if I got in te passenger seat of my car and threw my sons in the backseat of the car and then allowed an intoxicated person to drive us around would I be held accountable. Oh you bet I would. What does this coach have to say? Tell me why the kids on the bus knew she was loaded but he didnt? The school needs to hold him accountable as well.

          • Yo Mama
            December 30, 2012 at 7:43 am

            The “coach(es)” are nice Christian folk brainwashed into a belief that no one would do such a thing to our precious children. The only thing the coach(es) are guilty of is relying on a mystic claim that all are good. They just look around and smile at everything. Fools…

          • Motherof 2
            December 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

            No he was not using but he was sitting up front with her.

      • Angela Johnson
        December 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Sue for the statement? My neice was on that bus. The bus driver was loaded on prescription pills which she obviously was misusing because the kids on the bus were talking about how crazy she was driving. She may be a responsible person but she sure wasnt reponsible when she chose to take those prescription pills and mind you one set of the pills was in a tupperware container. She could have killed all those kids. Thank God she didnt get on the 138 or they would have been hit head on.

        • Lovergirl
          December 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          My daughter was on that bus and the kids were talking about how crazy she was driving ten minutes in to the drive. She was talking loud and acting very different. In fact there were a few 911 calls placed and a driver was following the bus because she was swerving all over the place. She was swerving for 30 minutes before she finally hit something. I hope she gets 12 counts of child endangerement. I dont blame the school, they didnt know she showed up like that. I blame her.

        • ordarygurl20
          December 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          My neighbor was on scene when this driver was arrested. She couldnt even walk a straight line. She also had a container of pills in them that were taken. Shes lucky those kids werent hurt. Presciption or not…she shouldnt have been driving…let alone a school bus full of children.

      • Lovergirl
        December 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        Under the influence is under the influence. She obviously was abusing her meds if she was swerving. Dont tell me this was the first day she took meds. She knew exactly what it would do to her. She told some of the kids she was recently injured. No one knew she was taking pills for pain and driving kids around? This lady needs to make a statement to the parents apologizing for this and quick!

      • Mike
        December 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

        Sgt Ames shes lucky she doesnt get sued by all the parents. My son was on that bus and she couldnt even walk a straight line when they finally pulled her off the bus and gave her a sobriety check. All the kids on the bus knew something was wrong with her 30 minutes before she hit the divider. When i arrived on the scene, I witnessed her trying to walk a straight line and it was very disturbing. From what I witnessed, she was taking a combination of pills. I am disappointed int he coach as well. Why were my son’s friends talking about her reckless driving during text 20 minutes before she finally came to a stop. Why didnt he stop this lady a lot sooner? She showed up 40 minutes late to pick them up. Didnt he realize something was wrong with her? No game is that important to anyone. I am thankful God had an angel watching over my son that day.

        • Lisa
          December 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

          Please clarify “son”!!!? This was a girls basketball team.

          • AngryParent
            December 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

            My daughter is terrified the coach will get in trouble…she did not want me to state her name so I used “son” to cover for her.

          • Motherof 2
            December 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

            Well all the evidentce will come out in court and I will be there to watch. I better see 12 felony counts of child endangerment.

        • Yo Mama
          December 30, 2012 at 6:42 am

          Please clarify god…

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          Here’s another one, Jim. It seems none of these kids have a fricken clue what their own phones can do. CALL 911!!!!! All these parents are dopes for not teaching their kids the fundamentals of emergency phone usage. You all should be ashamed, and I can’t believe how many of you just keep writing how your kids text and call everyone except 911 in an emergency. I hope your kids never see my house burning. They’ll just text their Mommys. I swear to Christ, y’all need some brains.

      • Yo Mama
        December 30, 2012 at 6:40 am

        Let’s hope you get back to school soon, Sarge! Quartz Hill has a good English program…

    • Yo Mama
      December 30, 2012 at 6:33 am

      Yeah, but they sure want that dollar from your kid’s tuition!

      • Jim
        January 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

        First off anyone using the screen name Yo Mama really needs to analize themselves before passing judgement on anyone. I will be the first to say “I’m sorry for what appears to be a lack of education”. That is based on the writings I have seen here by this person. Apparently angry that their parent (s) did not pay for a formal education and simply wasted my tax dollars sitting in a public school. The driver was wrong in their actions and should be held responsible before the court of public opinion but why is DCS being crucified? Let it go and get another screen name my friend.

        • Mike
          January 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          Who had the person driving the bus? DCS ?

        • Yo Mama
          January 3, 2013 at 5:49 am

          Won’t do it. Ya see, unbeknownst to you, I’m a highly respected leader in this valley, so to be honest & politically incorrect, I have to hide my identity like a celebrity would. “Yo Mama” is a simple mocking of the ways of this valley by today’s standards. I’ve been here 35 years this month, and I can’t stand what this place brings in terms of intelligence, poverty and violence. It’s not how it used to be here. I wish I could move, but I’m too entrenched in the system here to do so. Bummer for you, Jim! I’ll be here tellin it like it is for more, many more, years to come…Have a good day, Bright Guy.

  7. Ima Mom
    December 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I believe the driver took a prescription that impaired her. She wasn’t drunk nor taking an illegal substance. She has a history of being a responsible woman and professional.

    Thank God that no one was seriously injured. Everyone needs to learn that when prescriptions say “don’t operate heavy machinery” or “can cause dizziness” that you cannot drive.

    • L-Rock
      December 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Even if se was on Meds. She still will be considered under the influence…most meds will state that driving or like you said, operating machinery is not permitted. And so it is considered the same as being intoxicated. Like it should be.

      • Mike
        December 29, 2012 at 12:24 am

        they do not say “not permitted” they say “use caution” just clarifying.

  8. donewith-it
    December 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    HOPE old GEORGE and SHARON Runner are shocked too!

  9. L-Rock
    December 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yeah the Aquaduct is right there!!
    It could have been very bad! She needs to be fired and never allowed to drive a bus ever again!!
    Thank goodness it was something minor and not off into the aquaduct, or our not so “rush hour”, when it gets busy there, nothing like Downtown LA, but we still have a flow of big rigs, and commuter traffic daily! Glad she was Busted!!

    • Motherof 2
      December 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      They were driving out of town. Thank God it happened before she got on the 2 lane highway or they would have been bit head on driving on one of the most dangerous roads in the AV

  10. December 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Thank goodness none of those young girls were hurt.
    This could have been so much worse.
    Hopefully they will really look into this.
    If it turns out the DUI charge sticks and Bachtelle is guilty, she should not be allowed to ever drive public transportation again.

    • Lucy
      December 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Prescription or not she shouldnt have been driving….she should know better being a school bus driver. There is no excuse for this!

      • David H.
        December 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        My daughter was on that bus. I am so thankful someone was following them and calling 911.

    • Mike
      December 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Shes guilty all right. I witnessed her trying to do her sobriety check and she couldnt even walk.

      • Justsayin
        June 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        What’s going on with this case?? Civil suits from the parents ?? Regardless if a doctor prescribed the “meds” it is completely irresponsible to drive while under the influence of certain medications. Not to mention a Christian Bus with several children on it…. Wonder how she would feel if that we’re her children on that bus.

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