Mom angry after learning daughter’s bus driver was arrested on DUI

Posted at 11:14 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 01:14:00-04

LAYTON, Utah -- A Layton Family says they've lost faith in the Davis School District after a bus driver was arrested for DUI Monday morning.

"Anything could have happened, it could have rolled, she could have been dead, I could be getting a call saying my daughter is dead -- it's not a good feeling," said Tracie Garvin.

Garvin said she doesn't know who was more shook up after Monday's bus driving incident, her or her 11-year-old daughter Sage, who was on the bus.

"So there was a car in this lane and there was the bus in this other lane and it would get really close to it and then swerve away," said Sage, as she acted out with her hands how close the bus came to hitting multiple cars.

Sage was one of 67 students on the bus attending a student council field trip at BYU, when the driver, Lycia Martinez, was pulled over and arrested for DUI. Four containers of prescription drugs were found in her purse.

"In my honest opinion she knew she was on those pills when she got behind the wheel and that's attempted murder in my thoughts," Garvin said.

Sage said she and her friend noticed right away, something was wrong with the driver.

"My friend Hannah, she sat right next to me and said, 'she's driving really poorly', and I said, 'yea she is,' because she got really close to a bunch of cars and everyone was like, 'wow, why was she driving like that?'"

Garvin said even though the bus was pulled over around 8 a.m., she didn't get a call from the school until 1 p.m.

"I don't think anger and shock describe the way I was feeling," Garvin said. "Livid, fuming, I wanted to go straight to the school and yell at whoever I could yell at."

This family says they don't know if Sage will be riding the bus again.

"Finding out that the bus driver is on administrative leave infuriates me she should be fired, there should be no paid leave, she should have been fired on the spot," Garvin said.