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Desiree Kelly

Mint Hill Police arrested 32-year-old Desiree Kelly for DWI and reckless driving this morning after the Independence High School bus she was driving crashed on Truelight Church Road near the intersection of Surface Hill Road. Fifteen students were on board the bus and police report that four were taken to local hospitals with what appears to be minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates that as the bus rounded the curve on Truelight Church Road near Surface Hill Road the driver veered off onto the left shoulder of the roadway.  The bus traveled approximately 100 feet along the shoulder of the roadway before striking a double brick mailbox and a deep culvert.  After striking these objects the bus traveled an additional 62 feet before coming to an uncontrolled stop.

During the course of conversations with Kelly, the investigating officer formed the opinion that she was under the influence of some type of impairing substance.  The driver was placed into custody and transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews for a DWI blood test.  The driver submitted to the test and was then transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail for processing.  The driver has been charged with Commercial DWI and reckless driving.