Jewel’s Bus Co., a company that provides bus drivers for Chicago Public Schools, has made some questionable hiring decisions. Two years ago, one of Jewel’s drivers was accused of sexually assaulting a special education student while on the job. Last year, the same driver was charged with kidnapping a teenager.
Now a Chicago school bus driver employed by Jewel’s is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol while kids were on board, The Chicago Tribune reports. Kenny Sellers is facing a number of charges, including aggravated DUI for a bus driver and aggravated battery against a police officer.
A driver waved down a police officer on Tuesday morning, complaining that a school bus had nearly rear-ended his car three times, authorities said. The officer tried to stop the bus on foot, but the driver ignored him.
The officer was forced to get into his squad car and pull over the bus the old fashioned way. The officer noticed that the driver’s breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot, according to authorities.
Seller reportedly failed a field sobriety test, but refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was taken into the station where he tried to escape and fought with an officer, police said. The four children who were on the bus at the time of the incident were taken to Hawthorne elementary school by another driver.
Illinois’ DUI statute actually specifically addresses situations like this one. Under the law, a school bus driver who drives impaired with kids on board is guilty of aggravated DUI. If convicted, Seller could spend up to three years in prison.
Seller will also have to look for a new job. He’s since been banned from driving a bus for the district, CPS spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said.