School bus driver cited for careless driving


Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 11:59 p.m.
She was ticketed for careless driving.
But 62-year-old Vernell Seagle wasn't driving a 4-door sedan or a minivan.
Seagle was behind the wheel of a yellow Alachua County school bus Thursday afternoon when another motorist driving behind the school bus saw her weaving in and out of traffic down Fort Clarke Boulevard in northwest Gainesville, said Sgt. Steve Maynard, a spokesman with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
No children were aboard the bus at the time, Maynard said.
The motorist called deputies, who pulled the on-duty bus driver over at the 2300 block of Fort Clarke Boulevard, Maynard said. Deputies conducted a DUI investigation, but found no probable cause to arrest Seagle, Maynard said. Seagle told deputies she was "tired" and was taking "prescription drugs," Maynard said.
Seagle was ticketed for careless driving and was sent home for the day, Maynard said.
The Alachua County School Board relieved the bus driver of her duties until an internal investigation is completed, School Board spokeswoman Jackie Johnson said.
"This is the first time a school bus driver has been ticketed on duty that I can recall in the year and a half I've been here," Johnson said. "Another driver has taken over the route. All I can say is that we're investigating this thoroughly."
Seagle could not be reached for comment.
Deborah Ball can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or balld@gvillesun.com

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