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Police are searching for a Cy-Fair ISD school bus driver who tested positive for cocaine use after she crashed a bus full of Hamilton Elementary students in a northwest Harris County neighborhood.
The driver, Catherine Daffin, 47, was charged with child endangerment and may face more charges.
According to Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Mark Herman, Daffin’s drug test results were subpoenaed from the company, Pinnacle Medical Management Corp, which Cy-Fair ISD uses to drug test its employees.
“We got the test results back and she did test positive for cocaine,” said Herman. “We contacted the DA yesterday who charged her with child endangerment. We’ve been trying to pick her up since last night.”
CFISD required Daffin to submit to a drug test the day after her accident.
“According to Board policy, the driver is tested for controlled substances and alcohol after an accident where the damage to the vehicle requires towing and the driver receives a citation,” said CFISD spokesperson Kelli Durham. “Since the driver received a traffic citation and the bus was towed due to damage, the driver of Bus 1101 was tested.”
Last month, the bus driver lost control of a bus filled with about 32 Hamilton Elementary students and nearly crashed into a house. A letter released by the school states the driver claimed “the bus started to accelerate, jumped the curb and continued to accelerate as she applied the brake.”
However, a later investigation revealed mechanical errors did not contribute to the crash.
First responders found the school bus in a yard and determined no one was seriously injured, although several children later visited a doctor. According to authorities, the bus hit two mailboxes, drove over a median and crashed into a tree in the 13000 block of Copeland. A resident was able to capture the aftermath of the crash with her phone.
“The driver was placed on leave immediately after the accident, as is our practice, and an investigation began into the cause of the accident,” said Durham. “The driver has not been employed by the district for several weeks. The investigation concluded this week and data clearly indicated that driver error was the cause of the accident.”
She later later tested positive for cocaine use and is wanted by Precinct 4 constable deputies.
To see footage of what happened after the crash, visit http://www.click2houston.com/news/School-bus-crash-caught-on-camera/-/1735978/8617260/-/74s7ypz/-/index.html.