Jan 7, 2013 3:01 PM by Tonya LaCoste

School bus driver accused of driving students while drunk

A school bus driver is accused of driving children to school while drunk. State Police said 26-year-old Matthew Oliver Richard's blood alcohol content was .211%, which is more than two-and-a-half the legal limit.

A State Trooper with Troop D in Calcasieu Parish spotted the bus driver speeding, weaving and crossing the centerline on LA Hwy 27 about 6 miles south of DeQuincy in Calcasieu Parish, Sgt. James Anderson said. "Just a short time earlier, 49 children under 12 years of age were on the bus. Those children were dropped off to area schools and no injuries were reported," he said. State Police found an open bottle of alcohol in Richard's possession, which Anderson said was stolen from an area supermarket earlier in the day.

Richard, of Sulphur, is charged with DWI with child endangerment, speeding 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone, improper lane usage, possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, and theft under $500. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

"Troopers will continue to work hard to remove impaired drivers from our roadways. Motorists are encouraged to help by dialing *LSP (*577) from their cell phone to report impaired drivers or to contact their local law enforcement agency. Drive sober or get pulled over," Anderson said.



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