KOKOMO, Ind. (RTV6) --- Police said officers recently arrested a substitute Kokomo school bus driver who was caught driving after drinking.
The Kokomo Police Department said that last Tuesday afternoon, an officer headed to 2800 N. Apperson Way (Bon Air Elementary School) after it had been reported a bus driver was drinking alcohol.
The investigating officer spoke with Kokomo-Center Township Consolidated School Corporation Transportation Director Larry Johnson, who said he’d gotten a call from a community member just before 3 p.m. that afternoon.
Johnson said the witness reported a Kokomo School Corporation bus driver was outside a restaurant, and the man appeared to be pouring a beverage from a can into a cup. That driver was later identified as William M. Tucker. The witness said Tucker turned away and threw the can down, so the witness grabbed it and showed it to Johnson, who gave it to investigators. It was a blue “Miller” can, police said.
Police said Tucker agreed to a portable breath test, and the officer could smell alcohol on his breath before the test. Police said the portable breath test result was .105-percent blood-alcohol content. Investigators said, however, that when Tucker was put through the other physical and mental sobriety tests, he completed them with no problems.
Police said Tucker’s BAC test back at the station tested at .08 percent. Investigators preliminarily charged him with a Class C misdemeanor of operating while intoxicated.
Kokomo schools spokesman Dave Barnes said Tucker was a substitute driver that day, and there were no children on the bus when officials were alerted to Tucker's drinking. Barnes said after Tucker was arrested, one of the school corporation's regular drivers took over and bussed the schoolchildren home.
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