Original airdate: 3/1/2019 | A school bus driver has been charged with 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count of DUI after police say she left kids stranded at a gas station Friday afternoon.
Lori Ann Mankos, 44, of Walnutport, was found at her residence and taken into custody.
State police said Mankos had been driving the bus erratically while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
Northampton Area School District middle school and high school students got on the bus around 2:50 p.m.
The bus driver was going along the bus route, then pulled into a Sunoco gas station in Bath after some kind of disturbance on the bus, Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph S. Kovalchik said.
The driver then parked the bus, got out and walked away around 3 p.m. Mankos had handed the bus's keys to a Sunoco employee before leaving, state police said.
Many parents picked up their kids at the Sunoco.
The rest of the kids were taken home by another bus driver who was brought in by First Student, the company which handles transportation for the school district.