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Police: Drunk driver hits school bus, injures 2 in Sparta Twp.

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Police arrested a Sparta woman Tuesday morning after they say she hit a school bus while allegedly driving under the influence.

Rita McCormick, 60, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, careless driving and two counts of assault by auto.

McCormick struck the stopped school bus at around 8:15 a.m. on Lafayette Road, police said.

When police arrived on scene, it was determined that there was only one student and the bus driver on the bus at that time of the crash. A 7-year-old child fell when the bus was struck and suffered a wrist injury. The bus driver complained of back pain. Both were treated at the scene and decided to go see their own doctors, police said.

As the officer spoke with McCormick about the accident, it was allegedly determined that she had been consuming alcoholic beverages prior to the accident, police said.

McCormick was administered field Sobriety tests and then placed under arrest for DWI. She was released to a sober adult pending a court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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