A Lebanon school bus driver has been suspended without pay after being arrested for driving under the influence following a three-vehicle accident while driving students home Tuesday afternoon. Wilson County Schools Director Mike Davis told Nashville's News 2 Carol Ann Frasier "had a clean school bus driving record" until her suspension without pay "pending further investigation"The Lebanon police report indicated Frasier "had slurred speech" and "appeared very sleepy."She reportedly told officers she had taken Hydrocodone, Trazidone and a muscle relaxant around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The crash occurred on Harding Drive near Park Avenue around 3 p.m., not far from Lebanon High School.Lebanon police said Frasier, 53, of Lebanon, failed to stop at a stop sign and rear-ended an SUV which then struck a passenger car.The bus was occupied by approximately 30 high school-aged students at the time. No one was injured.The driver of the SUV, a juvenile, was not injured.The driver of the passenger car, Ronnie Watson, 51, of Lebanon, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.Frasier was also transported to Vanderbilt with complaints of possible injuries.Frasier was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment then booked into the Wilson County Jail.She has since been released on a $4,000 bond. Her husband Paul told Nashville's News 2 she takes the medications for back pain. "She's got prescriptions for them, [but] no problems there [with abusing the medication]," he said.Paul said he learned of his wife's arrest by a friend and that he may sell a boat or car to pay for her defense. "Maybe her daughter will come up with the money. She is trying," he said. Frasier has worked as a bus driver for the Wilson County School District since 2006. "Them kids loved her on that bus now. She gives [them] candy every Friday. Man, I am telling you it's bad," Paul Frasier said.
Carol Frasier is scheduled to appear in court July 18.
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