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Drunk school bus driver turning life around

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TUCSON – A woman who went to prison for driving a school bus while drunk is working to turn her life around in the new year.

Sunny Stiver was caught driving a Vail school bus with students from Cienega High School in 2004.

“I was really fortunate one of the kids on the school bus actually borrowed my cell phone and called his mom and said, ‘Sunny's drunk,’” Stiver said.

She kept getting in legal trouble even after getting out of prison.

“For about 5 years I couldn't look at a school bus without wanting to throw up,” Stiver said.

Her last DUI was in 2014. She openly talks about her problems with drugs, alcohol and the law. She said she has attempted suicide and is dealing with money problems. But now she wants to thank the first responders, and even her probation officers, who have helped save her life.

“The sheriff's department out here has pulled me out of vehicles on a suicide attempt,” Stiver said. “And I’ve rolled vehicles over and completely totaled them. And my husband has been right there. So it's really not my story, it's their story.”

She now spends much of her time learning about the stock market and trading. She said she made about $300 so far. She admits it sounds crazy.

She is not trying to sell anything. She just wants to share her story with others who have struggled with substance abuse.

“People need to know there is hope,” Stiver said.

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