Florida School Bus Driver Arrested For DUI
Parents expect that school bus drivers will get their children to school safely. They do not always think about the dangers, such as a driver under the influence of alcohol, but it is a possibility.
A Florida bus driver was recently arrested after driving while intoxicated. The 60-year-old man was driving home middle school students on the afternoon of February 9 with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .32—four times the legal limit. The man received a citation just three days earlier for running a stop sign and causing an accident.
On February 9, the man, from Ormond Beach, arrived for his afternoon shift. A co-worker could smell alcohol on the man’s breath while in close contact with him and reported it to supervisors.
The bus driver continued on with his normal routine. However, instead of driving his normal school bus, he took off in a bus not assigned. He then drove to his usual pick-up location, Buddy Taylor Middle School. The man picked up close to 40 children from the school and dropped them off at their bus stops.
The school transportation department tried to contact the bus driver via radio, but the driver ignored them. However, he later used the radio to inform the school that he was having a medical emergency. The driver’s supervisor located him at the intersection of Karas Trail and Karat Path.
When the bus driver exited the school bus, he fell to the ground, and complained he couldn’t breathe. Flagler County Fire Rescue transported the man to Advent Health. When the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the hospital, the man tried to flee. However, deputies caught and arrested him. Deputies could smell alcohol on the man and he was showing signs of intoxication.
The bus driver was initially arrested for multiple charges, including one count each of driving under the influence with passengers under 18, child neglect, and resisting arrest. However, the sheriff’s office is recommending additional charges, including 14 more charges of child neglect after many of the children’s families decided to press charges.
The man was booked in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility later that day. Tests showed that the bus driver had blood alcohol content (BAC) levels of .32 and .31. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08.
Fortunately, none of the students were injured due to the bus driver’s intoxication. The investigation is still underway.
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While many people seem to assume that alcohol is safe, being under the influence while driving can have serious effects for all involved. Driving a school bus with a BAC of four times the legal limit is an act that could endanger children.
If you have been charged with DUI, you need to act quickly. The Florida DUI defense attorneys at Meldon Law can help protect your legal rights and provide you with a strong defense. To schedule a consultation, call (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form. We have 4 offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, and Fort Lauderdale.