Pinellas school bus driver arrested for DUI due in court

Dorothy Burse

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A school bus driver was arrested for driving under the influence on Tuesday after a minor collision.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Dorothy Burse, of Largo, was driving the school bus westbound on 54th Avenue North.

The bus stopped at a red traffic signal at 66th Street North, when another vehicle traveling westbound crashed into the rear of the bus.

Seven middle school students from Lealman Innovative were on board at the time of the accident. They weren’t hurt.

Following the collision, the driver of the vehicle left the scene.

Troopers later arrested Burse for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and child neglect.

She is due to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Bond was set at $20,500, according to jail records.

Anyone with information regarding the driver of the vehicle is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by calling (813) 631-4020 or by calling Crime Stoppers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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