Sulphur woman charged with DWI after hitting school bus

UPDATE: 28-year old Jessica Stanley of Sulphur remains in the custody of the Calcasieu Correctional Center as of Tuesday morning. She is being held without bond for a DWI charge after hitting a school bus carrying students on Monday. She is also being held under a $250 bond for following to close.

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) - It was a school bus ride they will remember forever. Monday afternoon, eleven students from W.T Henning elementary were shaken up after their bus was hit from behind, sending several children to the hospital.

An employee at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital tells 7 News that six children went to the hospital with only minor injuries, after an alleged impaired driver failed to stop for a school bus.

"That driver was going so fast that I thought Miss Tina, our bus driver, had popped a tire," said one student.

But, it was not a popped tire. According to police, a driver following too close rear ended the bus while one student was getting off.

"She was on the second step of the bus when the lady failed to stop and rear-ended the bus," said Justin Doucet.

"I rushed and got my kids off of the bus. I didn't know exactly what had happened," said Audrey Watkins.

To make matters worse, the driver who smashed into the bus, 28 year old Jessica Stanley of Sulphur, had a one year old child in the car with her, and was allegedly under the influence at the time.

"You could tell she was intoxicated. She was not functioning normally, like you are supposed to behind the wheel," said Justin Doucet.

People living along Carlyss drive said this comes as no surprise. They say speeding is a big problem in the area.

"They speed up and down this highway. They think it is a raceway," said Daryl Matthews.

"It terrifies me having children living along Carlyss drive. Because people just fly," said Doucet.

According to West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, all of the students that went to the hospital have gone home and are doing fine.

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