After nearly crashing, a bus driver in Shelton, Connecticut has been arrested after falling asleep at the wheel while driving with children on board.
On December 16, Shelton police received multiple calls about a bus driver who was falling asleep at the wheel and swerving all over the road.
While officers said that they didn’t see children on the bus when they pulled over Paul Pixley, it was later found that the sleepy driver had 30 children on his bus the day he was pulled over. However, because Pixley appeared to fall asleep many times, kids decided to get off on earlier bus stops than normal out of fear for their safety.
According to NBC Connecticut, Pixley has been charged with 30 counts of risk of injury to a minor, breach of peace, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
His bond was set at $75,000.
Shelton Schools Superintendent Chris Clouet said in a statement:
“The Shelton Police Department working closely with administration from the Shelton Public School System has arrested Landmark bus driver Paul Pixley on multiple counts of breach of peace, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and risk of injury. The Board of Education is grateful to the Police Department for their focused investigation that is bringing a resolution to the incident that endangered our students’ safety. The School System will insist that Landmark Transportation adhere to established security measures to ensure our transportation provider’s procedures observe strict driver guidelines. Be assured that this driver will never drive for our school system ever again.”
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