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FHS school bus driver arrested

Police arrested a school bus driver after children on board forced her to take them back to school following a harrowing ride around campus.

Knox County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jennifer J. Reddy, 45, of a Cedar Ridge Road address, after receiving reports indicating the bus of which she was operating had allegedly struck another vehicle that was parked on the Farragut High School campus.

Officers found Reddy and the bus parked on the FHS campus and reported that the suspect had “allowed approximately twenty students off the bus after the students directed her to return to the school because of her erratic driving.”

Officers added that “a student took the keys from the bus ignition after the driver had parked and that the students who exited the bus were not provided any direction or alternative transportation by the driver of the bus.”

Reddy was determined to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance and was taken into custody after, officers said, “admitting to drinking vodka and performing poorly on a field sobriety test.”

Reddy had already completed the first leg of her afternoon routes, which originated at Farragut Primary School and while en route to Farragut had allegedly struck a parked vehicle.

Knox County officers at that scene reported that Reddy was driving the bus northbound on the FHS drive and allegedly struck a legally parked vehicle in the rear with the right front of the school bus.

The struck vehicle, a black Mercedes 300D, is registered to John A. Ivy of a Brighton Court address in Farragut.

Russ Oakes, spokesman for Knox County Schools system, said Reddy would never be allowed to drive buses in Knox County again.

Reddy is slated to appear in court Monday, April 17.


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