Student who got drunk bus driver to pull over nominated for award

Brianne St. Onge. (Supplied photo)

Brianne St. Onge. (Supplied photo)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. ─ A high school student who had the guts to order her drunk school bus driver to pull over and hand her the keys is surprised to learn she has been nominated for a citizen's award by the OPP.

"I don't feel like a hero," said Brianne St. Onge, now 18, of Wasaga Beach, Ont. "I just did what I had to do. I'm just glad no one was hurt or killed."

St. Onge ─ which means "angel," ─ is being nominated because she had the backbone to order the bleary-eyed bus driver to sit and wait while she called police from her cellphone last summer ─ she was only 17 at the time.

"He was really drunk," she said. "He was swerving on the road."

Once she got him to pull over she moved him away from the steering wheel to another seat so he wouldn't stumble and hurt himself, she said.

Police attended the scene and found Keith Rawson, 63, of Wasaga Beach, with a bottle of open booze on the bus on June 18, 2013. His breathalyzer test showed he had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Rawson, a retired engineer, pleaded guilty to impaired driving in Barrie, Ont., court on Wednesday and apologized for putting students in danger. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail, a 15-month driving prohibition, 50 hours of community service and one year probation. He kissed his weeping wife goodbye as police escorted him away. As a first-time offender, he will likely be released from jail after serving only one week.


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