'I haven't had a drink in years:' Bus driver claims doughnut to blame for erratic driving

SPRING, Texas -- The school bus driver in north Harris County accused of driving students while intoxicated denies that she had been drinking.

Reporter Courtney Fischer from our sister station, ABC 13 Eyewitness News in Houston, asked Linda Godejohn about the DWI charges against her as Godejohn left jail Friday morning after posting $100 bond.

"They keep saying that I have been drinking. I don't drink. I haven't had a drink in years," Godejohn said.



Deputy constables say Godejohn was caught driving the bus Thursday with students from YES Prep Public School on board.

She was arrested near Aldine Westfield and Hirschfield Road shortly after 2 p.m.

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said Godejohn failed a field sobriety test "miserably" after callers into 911 reported the school bus driver for driving erratically.

"How do you explain failing a field sobriety test?" Courtney asked.

"It's hard. I couldn't even do it right now," Godejohn responded.

Godejohn also said that she wasn't on any medication. When pressed about the matter, Godejohn said she'd had a doughnut that made her sick, triggering the erratic driving.

"They've been riding all year long. Nothing has changed. Except I got something from the school to eat. It had made me sick," Godejohn said.

"My stomach was hurting so bad that my wheel fell off the thing, the curb. That's all it was. It was going at 45 mph. It's going to whip back," she explained.




Deputy constables said the students riding the bus were all between the ages of 13 or 14 years old. We do not know which YES Prep campus the students attended.

No students were injured during the incident.

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Deputy constables say the woman, identified as Linda Godejohn, was caught driving the bus Thursday with students from YES Prep Public School on board.



Godejohn is a bus driver for First Student Bus Company, which is a vendor to YES Prep.

The school released an updated statement to ABC13 Eyewitness News Friday morning:

The driver was immediately removed from service pending the outcome of the investigation. Safety of the students we transport is paramount. First Student is partnering with the local authorities. Since this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further.
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