Created: 03/18/2014 6:08 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque judge set some strict rules Tuesday for a school bus driver seen getting busted Monday afternoon only on Eyewitness News 4. Sheriff’s deputies say she was involved in a road rage episode with another vehicle – with kids on her bus.
51-year-old Linda Barreto’s bond has been reduced – from $17,500 to $5,000 – but she still faces charges of child abuse and possession on dangerous drugs. Her employer, Herrera School Buses and Coaches, fired her today from the driver’s job she has held for 7 years.
Sheriff’s deputies said her speech was slurred, her eyes glassy, her movements slow when they arrested her Monday. They found hydrocodone pills in her possession – but no prescription.
Barreto’s husband Gilbert came forward during her first felony appearance in Metro Court to try to explain things to Judge Daniel Ramczyk.
“I want to suggest something to you,” the judge said. “Anything you say could be used as evidence against your wife.”
Gilbert Barreto pleaded with Ramczyk to let his wife keep on working, but the judge said no.
“You are not to return to work until further notice,” Ramczyk said. “You are not to drive a school bus until further notice.”
The usual conditions of release will apply to Linda Barreto after she posts bond. No drinking, no drugs – and she will report to Pre-Trial Services, where she will be screened for both.