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Police: Cumberland school bus driver was drunk

Posted April 23, 2010

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— A Cumberland County school bus driver involved in a Friday afternoon wreck had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20, Fayetteville police said.

Cumberland school bus driver charged with DWI Cumberland school bus driver charged with DWI

The bus driver, Charles Wynn, stopped his bus near the intersection of Cliffdale and Pritchett roads at about 2:45 p.m. to discipline a student, and a Ford Expedition rear-ended the bus, police said.

When officers arrived to investigate the wreck, they smelled alcohol on Wynn and administered a field sobriety test, police said.

Wynn registered a 0.20 on the test. North Carolina law considers drivers of commercial vehicles like school buses to be drunk when they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.04.

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

The driver of the Expedition, Travis Hunter, 29, of 6662 Flintshire Road, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating a vehicle with a revoked license.

The bus was taking 18 students home from Lewis Chapel Middle School at the time of the wreck, Cumberland County Schools officials said.

Two students were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, school officials said, and three others went to the hospital later for treatment.

The other students were transferred to a second bus to be taken home, officials said. District officials called the students' parents Friday evening to inform them of the incident.

Wynn, who had no previous convictions, works as a night custodian at 71st High School and also is a substitute bus driver for the district, officials said.

District officials were investigating the incident for possible disciplinary action.


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  • lvhv2003 Apr 26, 2010

    He should be charged with many counts of child endangerment as well as DWI . . . and he should be fired immediately! No excuses! I don't care if he was voted school employee of the year, he must be gone.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 23, 2010

    There must be a charge on the books for endangering the students

  • eastwake98 Apr 23, 2010

    Wow....as a parent, that is so scary. That is the most precious cargo a driver could carry. Thank goodness he was caught and no one was seriously injured or killed. As for the driver, I have absolutely no sympathy for him and I think he should get the harshest punishment possible.

  • bathroom_monkey Apr 23, 2010

    "I will also be watching to see if WRAL and other media are equally dogged in pursuing both stories."

    That sentence is laughable! WRAL skinny dips with the head of the Highway Patrol. It would surprise the heck out of me if they asked Everett Clenenden HARD questions about the officer in question.

  • Crankyone Apr 23, 2010

    This is scary. What kind of mind set accepts a position where responsibilty is a its highest level, and completely disregards that responsibility.

    When he drove that school bus he was less than human.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 23, 2010

    carla349, very alert observation. I would tend to agree with you 100%. The odds of this being his first time are very, very low. He's probably been doing this for months, if not years. Although, I don't know how long he's been a bus driver.

  • jetset Apr 23, 2010

    OMG....driving a school bus while fully loaded? He is just a fool or just a plain 'ole drunkard. Both, I assume. Foolish man. I agree that he needs to be charged with child endangerment.

  • carla349 Apr 23, 2010

    Yeah, he wasn't caught until a car hit HIM? Sounds like he's been successfully driving drunk for awhile. I wonder if the kids knew, if the police say he obviously smelled of liquor?

  • sinenomine Apr 23, 2010

    If the school bus driver is guilty he/she will be pilloried, and rightly so.

    It will be interesting to see if there is comparable public outrage regarding the alleged drunk driving of Trooper Williams (http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7475815/). I will also be watching to see if WRAL and other media are equally dogged in pursuing both stories.

  • uknowsomuch Apr 23, 2010

    I couldn't agree more with colliedave and icon and I AM a school bus driver with more than twenty years experience.