MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) _ A school bus driver charged with driving under the influence after an accident in Manchester is facing her first court appearance in the case.

Thirty-six-year-old Melissa Forrest of Andover is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Manchester Superior Court.

Police say Forrest failed a field sobriety test after the bus she was driving rear-ended a wheelchair-accessible van stopped at a red light on Main Street on Sept. 17. No one in either vehicle was injured.

Forrest was driving five students from Bolton home from a vocational agriculture program at Rockville High School at the time of the accident. She was released on bond after being charged with DUI and following too closely.

Forrest has not returned phone messages seeking comment. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer.

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