Monday, June 2, 2008

Bus driver buzzed, 15 counts of child endangement - California DUI lawyer news

Bus driver buzzed - California DUI lawyer news

An Alisal Union School District bus driver was arrested today after he finished his morning route and was found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Frankie Mata, 48, who had driven about 50 students to school, tested positive for alcohol with a blood-alcohol content of .12 when district officials conducted a random drug and alcohol test of bus drivers, said Cmdr. Bob Eggers.

District officials notified police about 12:40 p.m. who arrested and booked Mata into Monterey County jail on allegations of driving under the influence and 50 counts of child endangerment.

Eggers said Mata was tested by officers two hours after the initial test done by the district and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.07. In California the presumed level of intoxication is 0.08.


DUI and wanton endangerment charges were dropped against a Bullitt County school bus driver involved in a crash.

Tammy Capps was charged with DUI and 50 counts of wanton endangerment. She was charged after her bus ran off the road and wrecked on its side a few weeks ago.

School officials said Capps failed a drug test after the accident, but on Monday, the county prosecutor decided not to pursue the case.

Capps said it wasn't drugs that caused her to wreck, it was two kids arguing.