A former Fountain Lake School District bus driver’s trial for alleged child endangerment has been continued to Sept. 6.
Defendant Anita Jean Cox, 57, and her attorney, Robert Newcomb, failed to appear in Garland County District Court for trial on June 27, but Judge Switzer granted a defense motion to continue the trial to Sept. 27.
Last Thursday, July 5, Cox and Newcomb appeared in open court with a motion to move the trial up to Sept. 6, which Judge Ohm granted. A trial originally had been set for May 10.
Cox faces up to a year in jail for second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor. She is free on $1,000 bond.
A court affidavit says Cox allegedly operated a school bus on Jan. 11 while impaired by alcohol.
While driving 16 students between Fountain Lake Elementary and the Cordoba Center in Hot Springs Village, she allegedly almost had a head-on collision.
Cox submitted a letter of resignation that was accepted by the Fountain Lake School Board on Jan. 19. Hot Springs Village police arrested her at her home on Feb. 25.