City bus driver allegedly drove drunk
May 16, 2008
A deputy arrested a City Hall bus driver Thursday night claiming the man was driving a bus while he was drunk.
"He tried to turn the bus around and got the bus stuck," said Jerry Gibbs, director of Park City Public Works.
The man was booked into the Summit County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he failed field sobriety tests, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.
"He was extremely inebriated and shouldn’t have been operating the bus. It’s that simple," Edmunds said, adding that the driver’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit of .08 grams.
The bus became stuck on Old Ranch Road and the driver was walking along the street when transit supervisors from Park City Municipal arrived, Edmunds said.
"The transit supervisors caught him walking down the road and they brought him back to the bus," Edmunds said. "The deputy immediately detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his mouth."
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No passengers were on the bus at the time of the arrest, the sheriff said.
"Had there had been passengers on the bus you could have had a situation where there were enhanced charges," Edmunds said.
Friday, the bus driver was on paid leave "pending the outcome of an internal investigation," Deputy Park City Public Works Director Kent Cashel said, adding that the man is not currently working behind the wheel.
"The safety of the public is our main concern here," Cashel said.
Usually the names of suspects are not printed in The Park Record until formal charges are filed in court.