January 17, 2013

A driver of the Louisiana Calcasieu Parish school bus was arrested when troopers discovered through a test that the alcohol content of his blood was two times more that the allowable limit while he was driving a school bus carrying children.

Spokesperson of the Louisiana’ Troop D State Police reported that on January 7, 2013, minutes before 8:00 o’clock in the morning, a trooper observed a school bus was running erratically. Traveling about 6 miles south of DeQuincy on Louisiana Highway 27 near Calcasieu Parish, the bus was weaving and running left of the highway centerline. The school bus was registered under the Parish School Board of Calcasieu.

The Trooper, noting something wrong, halted the bus and found out that the operator, identified as Matthew Oliver Richard, age 26, from Sulphur, was DWI. Richard was subsequently arrested and submitted a breath sample to determine any presence of alcohol. The positive result showed alcoholic presence of 211% which is over 2 ½ times the legal limit in Louisiana.

Fortunately, the bus did not have any children onboard. But a short time earlier, there were 49 children under 12 years in the bus that were already dropped off at school. It was good that nobody was injured.

The police discovered an open bottle of alcohol in Richard’s possession which he stole from the supermarket earlier that day.

Richard was issued the following chares: DWI endangering children; over speeding for 75 MPH on a 55 MPH zone; traveling in the wrong lane; having an open alcohol bottle inside the bus and theft under the amount of $500. He was arrested and booked at the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

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Source: WDSU Com

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