Parents living in Louisiana may be shocked to find out that a school bus driver was recently arrested. According to authorities, the man was drinking and driving while transporting students to school. If the man is proven guilty in this case, it is likely that he will receive a severe sentence.
The Louisiana State Police said that a substitute school bus driver was taken into custody after his bus was seen swerving and speeding. Police got in contact with the man and believed that he was under the influence of alcohol. A breath test was administered and the results showed that his blood alcohol content was .211 percent. If this is true, the man was driving the school bus with more than twice the allowed amount of alcohol in his system.
When police pulled the bus over, there were no students on board. The substitute driver had already dropped the children off at school and was heading home to Sulphur, Louisiana, when police observed the bus behaving strangely. Parents in Calcasieu Parish were upset that the driver was reportedly under the influence while children were on board the bus.
According to reports, the driver was tasked with transporting nearly 50 students to school. All of them were under 12 years old. When police stopped the vehicle, they allegedly discovered an open container of alcohol that was reportedly stolen from a grocery store earlier that day. Authorities believe that the man had been under the influence of alcohol while driving the children to school, judging by the amount of alcohol missing from the open container.
The man has been charged with theft under $500, speeding and DWI with child endangerment. Parents of children attending school in Calcasieu Parish could not believe that a person tasked with driving children to school would consider doing so under the influence of alcohol. An assistant superintendent with the school district said that the driver has since been let go.
Source: KATC, "Police: Bus Driver Drunk While Students Are On The Bus," Steven Albritton, Jan. 7, 2013