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Western Washington bus driver accused of DUI gets deferred prosecution

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - A former Longview, Washington, school bus driver accused of driving students while intoxicated on Sept. 12 was ordered to complete five years of court-ordered counseling and serve five years of probation.

If Catherine Maccarone violates the terms of the court order, she would be found guilty without a trial under the terms of a deferred prosecution order approved in Cowlitz District Court Wednesday morning.

Longview police arrested Maccarone on suspicion of DUI and two counts of reckless endangerment after a 10-year-old student called 911 to report that the bus driver had run three red traffic lights and smelled of alcohol.

The Longview Daily News reports that Maccarone is prohibited from driving a commercial vehicle, must use an ignition interlock device and must attend a DUI victim impact panel. A person is only allowed one deferred prosecution in a lifetime.

Maccarone, 48, resigned from her job as a bus driver on Sept. 25.

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