DEQUINCY, LA — A school bus driver was arrested this morning after he endangered the lives of roughly 49 children. At the time of his arrest, the 26-year-old man had a blood alcohol level that was more than two-times the legal limit.
The Louisiana State Police reports that the incident occurred on Hwy. 27 near DeQuincy at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. A State Trooper observed the bus going 75 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper then witnessed the bus cross the centerline.
Officials say the driver, Matthew Oliver Richard of Sulphur, was visibly intoxicated. Although no children were on the bus at the time of the traffic stop, investigators say he had just dropped off a bus load of children to a local school.
Richard submitted a breath sample, which indicated his blood alcohol level to be .211 percent.
Richard was also found to be in the possession of a bottle of alcohol that was allegedly reported stolen by a local supermarket.
Richard was charged with DWI with Child Endangerment, Speeding 75 in a 55 mph zone, Improper Lane Usage, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container in a Motor Vehicle, and Theft Under $500. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.
The bus Richard was driving is registered to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.