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Wake school bus driver suspended after DWI charge

Posted November 17, 2014

Donnie Lee Ballentine

— A bus driver for the Wake County Public School System has been suspended after he was cited Saturday afternoon on a DWI charge, according to a district spokesman.

Police arrested Donnie Lee Ballentine, 63, of 1406 Creech Road, Garner, after he admitted to police that he hit a car on East Martin Street in Raleigh and then left the scene.

In addition to a charge of driving while impaired, he faces a charge of hit-and-run leaving a scene with property damage.

According to arrest records, Ballentine registered a 0.16 on an alcohol breath test. Anything above 0.08 is illegal in North Carolina.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 18, 2014

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    Great. More extremely rare reasons to continue the wasteful & selfish drive to school...

    Even as a kid, I thought parents who drove kids themselves (and there weren't many back then) were being selfish & sheltering...to the detriment of all.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Nov 18, 2014

    Hope he gets the help he needs.

  • sinenomine Nov 18, 2014

    NOTAGAIN - You got something against people charged with crime being able to have an attorney?

    Would the same attitude prevail if YOU were the one charged?

    Just wondering, that's all.



  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 18, 2014

    And this is why I keep my kids FAR away from the Wake County buses. If they don't get run over by people in the Triangle, then they will likely be assaulted or ride along with drunks.

  • NotAgain Nov 18, 2014

    DWI, the wink wink nod nod see an attorney soon crime.

  • babylaceycarpenter Nov 18, 2014

    All CDL holders know that they are held to a higher standard. I drove trucks for years. CDL holders are only allowed .04, as their "legal limit". It is good that they got this driver off the streets.