Suburban School Bus Driver Charged With DUI

School employee smelled alcohol on driver's breath

By christian farr and marcus riley
|  Saturday, Sep 14, 2013  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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An elementary school bus driver is accused of driving drunk Friday along her West Chicago route.

An elementary school bus driver is accused of driving drunk Friday along her West Chicago route.

An elementary school bus driver is accused of driving drunk Friday along her West Chicago route.

Jill Beebe, 42, was charged with one count of Aggravated DUI, a class 4 felony.

According to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Beebe picked up her bus in St. Charles Friday morning and began picking up and dropping off children.

A Pioneer Elementary School employee alerted her principal after smelling alcohol on the driver's breath.

West Chicago Police met Beebe at her next stop and administered field sobriety tests and took her into custody.

Not surprisingly, parents and area residents are furious.

"You've got kids in the car, you've got to be responsible for that," parent Jose Hugado said.

"I think they should go to jail," Walter Jaskula said. "Not just a slap on the hand."

Beebe was being held on a $100,000 bond.

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