School Bus Driver Arrested For DUI After Crashing Bus With 10 Kids On Board

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Submitted by Take Out on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 06:34

A 20-year-old school bus driver in Oregon has been charged with DUI after he allegedly crashed a bus with 10 students on board, authorities said.

The bus crashed Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. on Southwest Old Highway Road in Washington County, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Video from the incident shows the bus skidding along the shoulder of a highway before the crash.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they said they saw the bus in a ditch and that the driver, Jonathan C. Gates of Hillsboro, Orgeon, "appeared to be impaired."

Surveillance video released by the sheriff's office shows the tilted bus skidding on the shoulder of the highway before crashing.

A bus aide was also aboard the bus, along with the students, ages 10 to 16. No one was injured, authorities said.

The bus was serving students from Forest Grove High School, Neil Armstrong Middle School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, the Forest Grove School District said in a statement to ABC Portland affiliate KATU.

Gates was arrested on a DUI-controlled substance charge. He had been released from the Washington County Jail by Wednesday afternoon.

He's been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing and will be required to undergo a mandatory drug test, according to the school district.