Parents should not have to think twice about the safety of their child when sending them to school or on a field trip. However, after the arrest of a Washington Public School driver for receiving two DUIs within 17 hours, maybe both parents and school districts will be more aware of the issue.
49-year-old Miguel Rivera of Washington, Pa. was immediately fired after he was charged with driving three busloads of students under the influence of alcohol. He was first charged shortly after 10 a.m. Friday when police say he was legally drunk while driving 142 students to a field trip from Washington Park School.
State police then stopped Rivera about 2:30 a.m. Saturday for drunken driving as he exited Interstate 70, also in Washington.
Police say Rivera’s blood-alcohol content was 0.08 percent 30 minutes after he drove the school students. That’s the legal limit for drunken driving under normal circumstances, but was four times the state’s legal limit of 0.02 percent for a commercial vehicle driver. Drivers of commercial vehicles are legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .04 percent or greater. Under Arizona law, school bus drivers are commercial drivers.
Charlie Naegle is a Mesa DUI lawyer who knows and understands DUI law in Arizona. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible when charged with any of the below types of DUI charges. On these pages find out:
How a Mesa DUI attorney can make a difference.
The tests you are subject to upon arrest in Mesa Arizona.
The consequences of a guilty verdict.
What you should/should not say to an officer upon arrest
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