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Cumberland school bus driver suspended after DWI charge

Posted April 26, 2010

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— A Cumberland County school bus driver charged with drunken driving has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of a school district investigation, officials said Monday.

Charles Wynn, 49, of 1899 Windlock Drive, was charged Friday with operating a school bus after consuming alcohol, driving while impaired while operating a commercial vehicle and driving while subject to an impairing substance.

Police said another driver rear-ended Wynn's bus Friday afternoon near the intersection of Cliffdale and Pritchett roads. Officers investigating the wreck smelled alcohol on Wynn and performed a field sobriety test in which his blood-alcohol content registered a 0.20, police said.

North Carolina law considers drivers of commercial vehicles like school buses to be drunk when they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.04.

Wynn works as a night custodian at 71st High School and also is a substitute bus driver for the district, officials said. He was carrying 18 Lewis Chapel Middle School students home at the time of the wreck.

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  • UNCFarva Apr 30, 2010

    I think it should be ZERO TOLERANCE for School Bus Drivers... After all .04 is crazy-who would want their child on a bus with someone who has had any alcoholic beverage prior to getting behind the wheel? Insane.

  • lvhv2003 Apr 28, 2010

    And why are there no charges for child endangerment? A lot of people are calling MADD SANDHILLS for an answer. I have called the DA's office to no avail. No one there will return my call.

  • Killian Apr 27, 2010

    This makes me so very glad that my kids had very limited exposure to riding the bus. Between the lack of seatbelts and the fights, and then occasional drivers like this thrown in too? Better that they weren't on the buses.

  • garnerCanesFan Apr 27, 2010

    Suspended 'With pay', you have got to be kidding me. I know, I know, innocent until proven guilty, but blowing a .2 is enough proof for me. This clown deserves a couple years in DOC minimum. Bet he drags this case out for at least a year.
    Way to go Cumberland Co.

  • hometechnc Apr 26, 2010

    OK ... I can see the Suspension pending the completion of the investigation, but where are the rest of the charges ???

    You know... like several counts of child endangerment!