A Bartow County school bus driver has been placed on leave following her arrest Monday for allegedly driving her empty bus while under the influence of drugs.
Sharon McCready Fisher of 6 E. Thompson St., B, in Cartersville was arrested by an Emerson police officer and charged with DUI-drugs, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
Emerson Police Chief W. Kyle Teems said officers were advised at 1:52 p.m. to be on the lookout for Bartow County school bus No. 201, which was “driving all over the roadway, almost striking other vehicles.”
“The officer located the bus on Georgia 1000 [near the Georgia 293 Connector], where a traffic stop was conducted, and the driver, Sharon Fisher, was given a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested for DUI-drugs, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving,” he said. “No children were on the bus at the time of the stop.”
Teems said Fisher was transported to the Bartow County Adult Detention Center, where she was booked at 2:52 p.m. and was released early Tuesday afternoon on a $2,924 property/cash bond.
Bartow County Schools spokeswoman Alisha Evans said Fisher is “on leave pending an investigation.”
“I can confirm that the Bartow County School System is diligently looking into the matter that’s currently under investigation by an outside agency,” she said.
According to Fisher’s Facebook page, she’s been employed by Bartow County Schools as a bus driver since June 2015 and drove a school bus for Fulton County Schools for three years before that.