LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Lee County bus driver has been arrested for DUI. It happened Friday when the woman reported to work. An alert off-duty Lee County sheriff's deputy spotted her weaving on the road in her personal vehicle. Minutes later, she failed a sobriety test and was arrested.
Deputies said Lane Tripp's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she was arrested. What has neighbors and parents outraged is that she was arrested on her way to pick up a bus.
Over the limit and under arrest. Lee County sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Tripp, 46, with DUI. Deputies said her blood alcohol reading were more than three times the legal limit.
Tipp was spotted in her personal car, weaving in and out of traffic by an off-duty deputy. She was on her way to work at the Lee County bus barn on Leonard Avenue in Lehigh Acres.
When deputies arrived, Tripp was out of her car and they found tripp sitting against a light pole. Deputies went to speak to her and said she had glossy eyes and they could smell a moderate odor of alcohol.
Deputies did a sobriety test and said Tripp stumbled and was unable to maintain her balance. Neighbors and parents are in shock.
"Personally I think that its disgusting. I have children that go to school and I hate to think that they would be on a bus with someone who has been drinking. Anything can happen to them," said "Ann", who is a local parent.
"It doesn't surprise me. I've seen bus drivers that I think are lousy drivers. I really think that they should all be drug and alcohol tested," said Brynna Williams, a neighbor.
Tripp's ex-husband didn't want to go on camera but said it's not the type of woman he knows and said he's surprised at the arrest.
Tripp has three prior traffic citations including an expired tag, improper right turn and careless driving.
The Lee County School Board was unaware of the arrest but did say an investigation would be done.
"If that's the case, I'm sure the district will do an investigation and the facts will come out at the appropriate time. If there is any action that needs to be taken by the district, it will be done swiftly as possible," said Tom Scott, Lee County School Board member.
WINK News tried contacting the Lee County School District, we were told the staff was gone for the weekend and no other information would be released until Monday.
Tripp will make her first appearance in court Saturday morning.