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Deputies say woman rear-ended school bus in Dunedin

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No children hurt when school bus is rear-ended

A 48-year-old Pasco County woman ran a red light and rear-ended a school bus full of elementary-age children while it was stopped Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

None of the more than three dozen students were injured when the white Chrysler hit the back of the bus at 8:20 a.m. near the intersection of State Road 580 and Overcash Drive, deputies said. The bus was headed to Garrison-Jones Elementary School.

Deputies arrested the Chrysler's driver, Donna Lynne Jones, on charges of DUI, open container, no proof of insurance, careless driving and introduction of contraband into a secure facility.

Deputies said Jones appeared to be impaired and they found an open alcoholic beverage container in her car, but they didn't think alcohol was the problem; instead, she told them she had taken several prescription painkillers.

When Jones was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, guards reported finding a crack pipe hidden in her clothes.

Jones, of 15723 Donzi Drive in Hudson, remained in jail late Thursday in lieu of $11,500 bail.

Deputies say woman rear-ended school bus in Dunedin 02/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:29pm]

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