A Denver area school bus driver was arrested late last month after school district officials say they received a report of the man discarding vodka bottles from his school bus. According to a report, the man was taken to the hospital for a random alcohol screening and police were contacted.
The man was arrested for various accusations including suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and child abuse after police said he failed to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers adequately. Sometimes voluntary tests that police perform on people who they suspect have been drunk driving only test a person’s coordination, not their ability to drive a vehicle. The outcome of the case isn’t yet clear, but every person who is accused of drunk driving should take the accusation seriously and might be wise to speak with an attorney before speaking with police.
A drunk driving accusation in Denver can result in a person losing their job and have difficulty finding employment in the future. A news report said the man in this case admitted to authorities that he had consumed vodka and cold medicine before driving the school bus.
Many times people will talk to authorities when they feel that telling authorities what they want to hear will help the person’s case. However, many times police and investigators aren’t in a position where they are authorized to negotiate. An attorney can be with a person during questioning and ensure that they don’t answer questions in a way that might incriminate the person.
Source: Denver Post, “Cherry Creek School bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI,” Ryan Parker, Nov. 21, 2013