Geneseo school bus driver charged with DWI under Leandra's Law

Posted at: 07/08/2013 4:20 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 10:58 AM

Manon B. Coyne,
Manon B. Coyne,

Gabrianna J. Allen-Reitter
Gabrianna J. Allen-Reitter

A Geneseo school bus driver has been charged with DWI under Leandra's law.

Manon B. Coyne, 47, of Avon, was charged with five counts of felony DWI under Leandra's Law, one count of aggravated DWI and five additional counts of endangering the welfare of child.

Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies say Coyne was intoxicated when she picked up five students, ranging in age from 7-19 years old, and delivered them to the first day of summer sessions Monday morning. Sheriff's Deputies say she had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, which is six times the legal limit for a commercial license.

Coyne was arrested at her home on Lakeville-Groveland Road was arraigned in Geneseo Town court and remanded to the Livingston County Jail.  Coyne's bail was set at $15,000.00. She has been placed on unpaid administrative leave from her
driving position, pending district disciplinary procedures.

While sheriff's deputies were at the Coyne's residence, they discovered a quantity of narcotics. They arrested Gabrianna J. Allen-Reitter, 19, of Rochester, for criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.  She was arraigned in Geneseo Town court and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $5,000.00 bail.

Geneseo School District Superintendent Tim Hayes issued a statement saying, "Ms. Coyne has worked for the District as a driver since November of 2011.  She has held no other positions in the District.  All employees undergo background checks including fingerprint review. We have worked closely and collaboratively with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in this matter and will take all necessary steps to insure the safety of our students.  The alleged actions of one person do not represent the commitment, professionalism and care that our transportation staff members provide to our students every day."