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Woman charged with DUI after hitting school bus

Authorities say a Tampa Bay-area woman was impaired when she rear-ended a Pinellas County school bus.

The sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Donna Lynne Jones was charged Thursday with DUI, open container, no proof of insurance, careless driving and introduction of contraband into a secure facility. She was being held on $11,500 bail.

Authorities say the bus was taking more than three dozen students to Garrison Jones Elementary School Thursday morning when Jones ran a red light and hit the bus.

Deputies say Jones told them she had taken several prescription painkillers. Deputies say they didn’t think she was drunk, but they found an open alcoholic beverage container in her vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

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