Calcasieu

Jan 8, 2013 12:28 AM by Steven Albritton

Police: Bus Driver Drunk While Students Are On The Bus

A substitute school bus driver is under arrest after allegedly driving a Calcasieu Parish bus while intoxicated. Luckily, all of the kids were dropped off at school safely Monday morning. Matthew Richard was on his way back home to Sulphur, LA when Louisiana State Police saw his bus speeding and swerving.

"On contact with the driver, we determined he was impaired. We took him in for a breath test. He tested .211 grains percent which is over two times the legal limit in Louisiana," Sgt. James Anderson of the Louisiana State Police said.

During the stop, police found an open container of alcohol, which was stolen from a grocery store earlier in the day. In total, Richard had 49 students on the bus all under the age of 12. He is being charged with DWI with child endangerment, speeding, and theft under $500.

Parents in Calcasieu couldn't believe the news when they learned of why a school bus driver was arrested.

"I trust these people to take care of my kids when they go to school. I would be very upset if anything happened to my child because they don't know how to drive without drinking," Lacey Gaerens said.

State police say, with his blood alcohol content being so high, it clearly points to one thing.

"Based on the amount of alcohol missing from the bottle, we believe he was impaired while transporting children.

Calcasieu Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson says Richard was a substitute driver who had only recently been certified to drive in December. He says the proper steps have been taken in this matter and Richard will no longer be working for the school system.

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