Grant County Bus Driver Pleads Guilty

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky bus driver has agreed to a plea deal that carried a 22-year sentence.

Angelynna Young pleaded guilty today to a dozen charges including obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a controlled substance, assault and wanton endangerment.

Young crashed her bus into a pole on January 17th. Seventeen students on the bus were injured, including two who had lengthy stays in the hospital.

After the crash, police found more than 40 bottles of prescription medication in Young's apartment. A urine test showed that she had drugs including cocaine, marijuana and a prescription painkiller in her system at the time of the crash.

Young had agreed previously to a plea deal, and appeared in court Wednesday, but refused to plead guilty at the time.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Karen Location: Kentucky on Jun 27, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    Be aware that under KY law, if it is not classified a "violent" offense, she will only serve 20% of her actual sentence before she is eligible for parole, and the Parole Board frequently releases criminals who "only" committed drug offenses.
  • by Tom Location: Russell County on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    Is it going to come to a point where we have to test bus drivers before every route? It is so hard to instill in people that the welfare & safety of the children come first, but most people don't realize how hard it is to get qualified people to drive these buses. You certainly can't make a living on bus driving alone,and with the discipline problems facing todays drivers, not many people want to tackle such a demanding job. Hats off to all the drivers who do hang in there!!
  • by Lexington on Jun 23, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    I know the Fayette County Public Schools drug tests there bus drivers frequently.
  • by parent Location: wolfe county on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:22 PM
    i agree with paul drug test will stop all this crap.there is so many druggies in the school system it is not funny.wolfe county hires drug dealers to teach in their school there has been two teachers in jail because of having drugs in school and they get out of jail and goes right back to teaching the next day after they are released from jail.
  • by Cindy Location: London on Jun 22, 2007 at 04:06 PM
    I agree wholeheartedly!!! Anyone employed by the local, state and federal government should be drug-tested. NO MATTER IF YOU ARE A PENCIL PUSHER OR BUS DRIVER!!I know the Feds do random drug test, but the local and state governments need to drug test also!!!
  • by Keith Location: Powell Co. on Jun 22, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    She got what she deserved. Anyone under the influence of illegal drugs that injures or kills another person should get 20 yrs automatically. Maybe then we would see a reduction in drug use and senseless "accidents".
  • by paul Location: pikeville on Jun 22, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    anyone employed in any school system should be drug tested randomly.judges,doctors,police officers,or any government employee ,all of the above should be drug tested randomly.stiff penalties should be imposed on any violators


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