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Thursday April 5, 2012

LATINO BLOTTER: Bus Driver Gets Two DUIs in 17 Hours Drove Drunk With Children on Bus

LATINO BLOTTER: Bus Driver Gets Two DUIs in 17 Hours Drove Drunk With Children on Bus

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Police say a Pennsylvania bus driver drove three busloads of children around town while he intoxicated, then drives drunk again a few hours later.

Washington County bus driver, Miguel Rivera was first charged with driving drunk at around 10 a.m. Friday morning, when an officer bulled him over while he was driving 142 students from Washington Park School on a field trip. He was given a breathalyzer test and it was determined he had been driving the children around with a blood-alcohol level of .8. While that is the legal limit for driving under regular circumstances in the state of Pennsylvania, it is four times the legal limit for commercial vehicle drivers.

Just 17 hours later, the 49-year-old bus driver was pulled over for once again driving while under the influence, this time in his own vehicle.

Rivera is now facing 142 counts of child endangerment for each child he transported on the bus while he was intoxicated.

He has since been fired from G.G. & C. Buss Co. Inc., which stated, “We’re committed to providing safe transportation with drivers who are compliant as well as having the safest vehicles.”