Drinking and driving is always a terrible idea. But have you ever thought that your designated driver was impaired? This is exactly what happened at a highschool graduation last year in Edmonton. According to a local bus company, an Alberta woman was charged for driving a bus of grads drunk. The female driver allegedly had an empty bottle of wine in her purse in the bus.
A spokesperson from Golden Arrow bus company in Alberta told Narcity, the driver was laid off after she allegedly drove a bus full of teenage grads while impaired.
According to CBC News, Jessica Syniak was hired for the night to transport Archbishop MacDonald high school students to and from a safe grad just outside of Edmonton. She was allegedly seen by parents stumbling off the bus at 2 a.m. in June 2018.
While the incident occurred last year, it was only a month ago that Syniak was found guilty of impaired driving. CBC News has stated that she was fined $2,500 and given a 12-month driving prohibition.
Syniaks lawyer plans on appealing the hefty fine.
Narcity spoke with Golden Arrow about the incident. According to the company, the incident took place on a Sunday. By Monday morning, Syniak was fired from her position.
“This particular driver made a poor decision and that's the unfortunate part about it. But they are no longer working for us,” said a spokesperson with Golden Arrow.
On June 3, 2018, RCMP recount that they were called to Longriders RV Park and arrived at 2:37 a.m. When officers approached the bus, they noticed the door was locked and the woman wasn’t wearing any shoes.
An officer told her to open the door but the glassy-eyed Syniak had troubles doing so.
@edmontonjournal Inexcuseable! You had the job of driving a bus, filled with recent grads. What were YOU doing eve… https://t.co/PEJzCWFLfq— Lana Black (@Lana Black)1568146335.0
A breath sample was demanded and she blew over the legal limit. Other officers on scene took pictures and noticed a bottle of wine that was half empty laying in her purse.
According to CBC News, the first breath sample was taken at 4:26 a.m. and had a reading of 190 mg/alcohol in 100ml/blood. That is over twice the legal limit.
The second reading was conducted about a half-hour later. It recorded as 170 mg/alcohol in 100 ml/blood. The legal limit is 80 mg.
According to CBC News, just 13 days after Syniak was arrested at the Archbishop MacDonald Catholic High School safe grad, she was again charged with impaired driving in Sherwood Park.
Syniak will go on trial for those charged this November.
This is a scary thing to think about as it wasn’t that long ago that the Humboldt Broncos crash took place.