Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Woman faces DUI, other charges in school bus case

By Sue Kiesewetter and David Eck
Enquirer Contributors

        FRANKLIN — A former Franklin City Schools bus driver is facing a string of charges after a Nov. 28 incident in which police say she was intoxicated when she drove a busload of students.

        Sheila Brixner, 37, of Franklin, is charged with four counts of child endangering, one count of driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to maintain control. All of the charges are misdemeanors. Ms. Brixner is scheduled to appear in Franklin Municipal Court on Friday.

        Up to 35 students might have been on the bus she was driving, police said.

        Her troubles began last Wednesday when another driver noticed the side mirror was missing from Ms. Brixner's bus after she had completed her junior/senior high bus route and was waiting to pick up students at Pennyroyal Elementary School.

        The driver called the transportation supervisor to tell her about the missing mirror and Ms. Brixner's erratic driving. Franklin police said Ms. Brixner struck two street signs near Anderson and Sixth streets, damaging the bus.

        Interim Superintendent Bill Wood went to Pennyroyal Elementary to question Ms. Brixner about the mirror. After smelling alcohol on her breath, he instructed a substitute driver to take over her route, he said Tuesday.

        After refusing to take sobriety tests Ms. Brixner was told that that was grounds for dismissal, Mr. Wood said, and she signed a letter of resignation.

        The Franklin school board is expected to formally dismiss Ms. Brixner on Monday.

        A person who answered the phone at Ms. Brixner's home on Tuesday offered no comment. Her attorney could not be reached Tuesday evening.


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