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Iowa school bus driver resigns after 2nd-offense DUI arrest

FOREST CITY (AP) — A school bus driver in northern Iowa has resigned following her arrest on a charge of second-offense drunken driving while she was transporting young school children.

Rebecca Anne Spencer, 44, resigned earlier this month from the Forest City Community School District, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported. Her resignation came days after she was arrested around 8:30 a.m. March 12 after the school van she was driving was stopped. The arresting officer said he stopped the van for speeding, but smelled alcohol as he spoke to Spencer.

The Iowa State Patrol said Spencer failed field sobriety tests, and a breath test measured her blood alcohol content at .244%. The legal limit for commercial vehicle drivers in Iowa is .04%.

Authorities said three young students were in the van when Spencer was stopped. Spencer has been charged with one count of second-offense OWI and three counts of child endangerment. Her prior OWI conviction occurred on Sept. 20, 2016.