School bus driver admits driving drunk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio school bus driver who authorities say was driving her route with an open bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that 51-year-old Tia Denton pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and endangering children.

A charge of having an open container was dropped. Denton declined to comment after the hearing in Columbus. Her attorney said she would enter an alcohol treatment program.

She could face up to six months in prison when she's sentenced Feb. 4.

Denton worked for a transportation company contracted by the Columbus school district. She was stopped while driving erratically with two elementary school students aboard in November. Her blood alcohol content was 0.216 percent — more than twice the legal.