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.