Ex-bus driver sentenced to 20 days in jail for DUI with students on board
AMERICAN FORK — A former Alpine School District bus driver will spend 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving drunk with students on board.
Sherry Lee Lund, 52, pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence and two counts of reckless endangerment, all class A misdemeanors. In exchange for her plea, three additional reckless endangerment charges were dismissed.
Lund, of Lehi, was sentenced the same day. Each of the three charges carried the potential for a year behind bars. Fourth District Judge James Brady chose to suspend all but 20 days of each sentence, running them concurrently.
Lund was driving four special needs students and a bus aide on the afternoon of March 8 when police stopped her school bus near the intersection of Pony Express and Redwood Road in Saratoga Springs.
Police spokesman Owen Jackson said at the time that officers report she appeared impaired and smelled like alcohol. Her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.17, a little more than twice the legal limit, he said.
About a month earlier, police were notified Lund had been found “unconscious on the side of the road,” Jackson said.
Lund resigned from her job with Alpine School District on May 10.
In addition to the jail sentence, Lund was also ordered Tuesday to pay a $1,950 fine, with a $500 credit given if she successfully completes an addiction recovery program. Additional credit may be given for seeking and completing aftercare, according to court documents.
Lund must complete 18 months of probation after her release, including using an interlock system in her car.