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Bus driver carrying passengers to Baltimore charged with DUI

Bus driver carrying passengers to Baltimore charged with DUI

A driver of a BoltBus traveling from New York to Baltimore was recently arrested for drunk driving. According to authorities, the driver was handling the bus, which was filled with passengers, erratically. Apparently, the driver was acting so strangely that one passenger called 911 to report that something was out of the ordinary.

Around 4:00 in the afternoon, the bus was pulled over near the Camden-Philadelphia interchange. The authorities reportedly asked the driver to leave the vehicle and participate in a range of sobriety tests. The driver complied with their requests. However, after closely observing the driver, the police came to believe the individual showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. They arrested the driver on the spot.

According to news reports, the passengers waited on the side of the turnpike for hours. Some were able to get on another bus, while the others waited for another driver to arrive and bring them to Baltimore. The bus company refunded all passengers on board for their fares.

Anyone charged with drunk driving knows that there is more to worry about than the arrest, though that must be dealt with promptly. In many instances, the charge can negatively impact a person’s career. The bus driver in this case has been suspended from BoltBus, pending the outcome of the DUI investigation. A spokesperson for the company said the driver has been driving for the company since 2009 and had a good record prior to this incident. However, his future with the company depends on how his drunk driving case turns out.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, “BoltBus Driver Busted for DUI on the NJ Turnpike,” Dan Stamm, 12 March 2011

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