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Woman Sentenced to 5 Days for Driving Columbus School Bus Drunk

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A former Columbus City Schools bus driver has been sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to transporting children while drunk.

Tia Denton was sentenced in a Franklin County courtroom on Tuesday, nearly three months after she was stopped for driving erratically with two students on-board her bus. Officers found an open container of alcohol inside the vehicle during the traffic stop, at which time Denton failed a field sobriety test.

Denton, who pleaded guilty to charges of OVI and child endangering, apologized in court on Friday, asking for "the forgiveness of the parents of the children who entrusted me with their children's well-being and safety."

The parents of a student who was on the bus when Denton was arrested also spoke on Tuesday, claiming their child now refuses to ride school buses because of a concussion suffered as a result of Denton's reckless driving.

In addition to the five-day jail term, Denton was sentenced to two years of probation and a one year suspension of her driver's license. She will also be required to complete a alcohol treatment program at the Maryhaven treatment center. Any future convictions after Denton's release will result in her return to jail.

Denton resigned from her position with Columbus City Schools shortly after her arrest. She had worked for the district less than a year when she submitted her letter of resignation.
 
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