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OCS bus driver charged with DUI after crashing with 33 students on board

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By Amanda Manning

 Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new details.

Oldham County Police have charged an Oldham County school bus driver with driving under the influence after her bus crashed with 33 students on board.

Oldham County Schools Spokesperson Lori McDowell confirmed that Lesley Harvey, 54, was driving bus 0305 with 33 Crestwood Elementary students on board when the crashed occurred just before 3 p.m. Friday, March 15.

She struck several security poles at the entrance to Lake Pointe Subdivision, according to an arrest citation. A lake surrounded by a fence sits near the entrance to the Crestwood subdivision.

Harvey, who is a Crestwood resident, was charged with 33 counts of wanton endangerment, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of failure to report an accident and one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

After the accident, Harvey notified her supervisor and said “she hit something but didn’t think that it was bad so she left,” according to the arrest citation.

“Oldham County Schools had the driver stop, responded to her location, and as is their policy took her to the hospital for a breath test. Oldham County Police was contacted and responded to the hospital,” according to a press release from Oldham County Police.

No one was injured in the accident and no other vehicles were involved. The bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper, according to McDowell.

Oldham County Schools said parents of the students on the bus were notified of the situation via phone call. The district also received several phone calls from parents who saw the bus strike the poles. 

It is Harvey’s first DUI, according to online jail records. She failed her Breathalyzer test, blowing a .13, according to her arrest citation.  

She admitted to police she had been drinking and “she was having a rough month,” according to court documents.

In a statement, Oldham County Schools said they will “follow state and federal laws and applicable board policy in handling this incident” and could not comment on personnel matter.

Harvey is scheduled to be arraigned via video in Oldham County District Court at 1 p.m.

She remains in the Oldham County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.