School bus driver cleared of driving drunk with kids aboard
DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts school bus driver who backed his bus into a utility pole with 11 students on board has been acquitted of drunken driving charges.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Scott Poirier, of Dudley, was also found not guilty Tuesday of child endangerment, but was convicted of negligent driving in connection with the February 2016 crash. A judge ordered him to pay $500 in fines and assessments.
Authorities say he was on his afternoon drop-off route with high school and middle school students on board when he struck the pole, which brought down power lines. No one was injured.
Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit to drive, but Poirier denied drinking and said he had taken liquid cold medications.