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DWI charge costs Cumberland school bus driver his job

Posted April 30, 2010

— A Cumberland County school bus driver charged last week with drunken driving lost his job Thursday, officials said.

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 on April 23 near the intersection of Cliffdale and Pritchett roads as Wynn was driving 18 students home from middle school. 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.

The school district suspended Wynn with pay after his arrest, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. He worked as a night custodian at 71st High School and as a substitute bus driver.


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  • Its My Prerogative Apr 30, 2010

    Probably isn't the FIRST time he's done it just never thought he'd get caught!!! YOU BOOZE YOU LOOZE

  • freedomrings Apr 30, 2010


  • sinenomine Apr 30, 2010

    OK, so school bus operators who drive drunk get fired. That's a good thing. But what about Highway Patrol captains? Oh, I forgot - haven't seen anything in the media about that guy recently. Why isn't anyone following that story?

  • MommyAgain Apr 30, 2010

    Well, WRAL may have stated the obvious but the school should have done this from the start. Originally the school system had the man suspended "with" pay!!

  • bigfiddlepbc Apr 30, 2010

    leefreeze - I'm with you. I read this "headline" and thought - is that how good WRAL is? - that they make such an obvious outcome a headline? I think anyone reading the initial story knew this would be the outcome - do some real reporting...

  • wdweveryyear Apr 30, 2010

    OK? AND? no surprise in that one