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Fayetteville Bus Driver Was Drunk At Time Of NC Bus Accident


Posted on Apr 30, 2010

Do you know who is driving your children to school? And did you know that there is a chance that they could be driving while intoxicated? This was the case in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Cumberland County Police say they have charged a local bus driver with driving while subject to an impairing substance, operating a school bus after consuming alcohol, and driving while impaired while operating a commercial vehicle.

According to reports, 49-year-old Charles Wynn was driving a Lewis Chapel Middle School bus holding 18 North Carolina students when he rear-ended a vehicle Pritchett Road. Wynn was dropping the children at home after the school day and the NC bus accident took place just before 3 PM on Friday afternoon.

When police smelled alcohol on the bus driver, he was asked to take a breathalyzer test – and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.20 – two and a half times the legal limit of 0.08. However, not only the bus driver was at fault in the accident – the driver of the car that was hit, 29-year-old Travis Hunter of Fayetteville, received a ticket for failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and driving with a revoked license.

Five children went to the hospital – two for feelings of discomfort and three at the behest of their parents. No one received life-threatening injuries in the NC bus accident.

Wynn was a substitute bus driver and is a custodian at Seventy-First High School. The Superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools said that his behavior would have been caught by regular drug screenings over time – and that the man’s job status was in jeopardy.

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