School bus driver fired after arrest

October 29, 1991

A 29-year-old woman who drove a bus route for Baltimore County schools was fired from her job after her arrest yesterday in Northwest Baltimore on drug charges, bus company officials confirmed.

Yuvette Fortson, 29, of the 4200 block of Duvall Avenue was arrested at 11 a.m. after allegedly making a drug purchase from an undercover city narcotics officers from her bus at the intersection of Reisterstown Road and Belvedere Avenue.

Also arrested was Damon Taswell, an adult who was on the otherwise empty bus when Ms. Forston was arrested, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Taswell was charged with drug possession after police allegedly found a vial of cocaine in his mouth.

Police said that Ms. Fortson allegedly drove her bus into the city after dropping off students at the Woodlawn Middle School.

Kevin W. Bayer, maintenance director for the Woodlawn Motor Coach Co., which provides bus transportation for Baltimore County schoolchildren, said that Ms. Fortson had been hired by his company two months ago as a driver. He added that she had passed a drug screening test before being hired.

"It's a bad incident all around for us," said Mr. Bayer, who said that Ms. Fortson was fired from the company for unauthorized use of a school bus after her 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. shift.

More than an hour after Ms. Fortson had been expected to return her bus the company lot, he said, police called to say she had been arrested.

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