A school bus driver in Oregon was under the influence of booze or drugs when he crashed the bus with 10 kids on board Wednesday, authorities said.
Jonathan Gates, 20, was charged with DUII in a western suburb of Portland, according to a report from KATU News. No one was injured in the one-vehicle crash.
Gates was transporting students to Forest Grove School District before he veered off into a ditch on the side of the road.
Police said Gates appeared to be impaired when they arrived on the scene at around 8 a.m. and arrested him for DUII-controlled substance. Oregon law refers to “driving under the influence of intoxicants” as its version of DUI.
A total of 12 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash: Gates, an adult chaperone, and the 10 kids aged between 10 and 16, according to a press release from local police.
A spokesperson for Gates’ employer, Mid-Columbia Bus Company, told KATU that Gates has been suspended and will be subject to a drug test.
Gates was cited Wednesday and released, according to the press release.
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