The head of Warren County’s school bus service has been suspended after she was charged with drunk driving in neighboring Coffee County.
Durham School Services, Warren County Division Administrator, Sherri Lynn Layne, 46, presently stands charged with DUI for an early morning stop earlier this summer in Coffee County. Layne, who lives in Hillsboro in Coffee County, was stopped by a trooper during the early morning hours of May 25 and placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI. Her criminal case remains pending. If convicted she will face a minimum 48 hours in jail and a year-long revocation of her driver license.
Layne has been placed on administrative leave by Durham Services, pending the outcome of her criminal case. Durham Regional Manager David Brabender says that the company took swift action in light of the incident.
“We take safety very seriously,” Brabender said, noting the company is waiting for the outcome of her criminal case before they take permanent action. He also pointed out that Layne was an administrator, not a driver.
“She has never driven a bus,” Brabender said. “She isn’t even licensed to drive one.”
Brabender said that since the incident happened over summer break, they have been able to transition smoothly into the coming school year which is less than a month away.
“We expect everything to go smoothly,” Brabender said.
Director of Schools Bobby Cox noted that he has talked to Brabender and is also confident things will go smoothly with the start of school.
Warren County remains under contract with Durham for the next year for its school bus service. Recent assessments by the board of education have given Durham high marks for its service.