A college bus driver in D.C. was charged with driving whereas intoxicated after police stated he crashed right into a ditch, injuring 9 youngsters coming back from a area journey.
Troy Reynolds, 48, was taking college students and adults again from Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia, to Murch Elementary College in D.C when he veered off the street, Fairfax County Police in Virginia stated in a information launch.
The bus — carrying 44 youngsters and 4 adults — hit a rock, inflicting the rim to bend and the tire to flatten.
“Reynolds continued driving till the adults on the bus satisfied him to comply with a second bus, which was additionally returning to the college from the sphere journey,” police stated. “The 2 buses stopped in a car parking zone in.”
Police and hearth personnel have been referred to as to the car parking zone and handled 9 youngsters for minor accidents, the information launch states. Reynolds failed a area sobriety check and was taken to the grownup detention heart. He was allegedly discovered to have a blood alcohol content material of .20, greater than Virginia’s authorized restrict of .08.
DC Public Faculties Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said they’re taking the incident “very significantly” and can do “a radical evaluate of our transportation distributors to make sure that scholar security is all the time prioritized.”
Police stated throughout an investigation they realized that Reynolds’ license had been revoked in Virginia from a previous DWI and it was suspended in Maryland. He was additionally carrying a faux medical card, Fairfax County Police stated.
The company’s Motor Provider Security additionally discovered 18 security violations between Reynolds and the opposite bus driver transporting youngsters on the journey.
“MCS decided that not one of the bus drivers have been correctly licensed to function a faculty bus,” authorities stated.
The district didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Along with a cost of driving whereas intoxicated, he faces counts of business DWI with little one endangerment, in addition to gross, wanton, or reckless care for a kid.
Reynolds, of Maryland, is being held on no bond. It is not clear if he has obtained an lawyer.