Grand jury indicts former Leander ISD bus driver

Video of a former Leander ISD bus driver before being arrested on suspicion of DWI.
Video of a former Leander ISD bus driver before being arrested on suspicion of DWI.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A grand jury indicted a former Leander ISD bus driver Wednesday, nearly a year after deputies arrested her for driving while intoxicated.

Leander ISD fired Kathy Legrand after her arrest for DWI. Investigators believe Legrand, who was 61-years-old at the time, hit a mailbox and tree limbs and drove up to 30 students while intoxicated last October.

For the first time Legrand’s attorney, Aaron Mueller also spoke with KXAN News about the case.

“Anything that was discovered in her blood was not there voluntarily,” said Mueller. “Other health problems could have contributed to her actions seen on the .”

The indictment is for one count of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Assistant District Attorney John Lopez told KXAN News last month that prosecutors received a copy of Legrand’s blood test results. Deputies arrested the bus driver in October 2014. The district attorney’s office would not release any more information about the findings of the lab work at the time because the information had not yet gone in front of a grand jury.

Arrest records state that Legrand admitted she takes pain killers and anti-depressants. She also had beer and medication the day before she was arrested. 

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