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DWI charge costs Cumberland school bus driver his job

Posted April 30, 2010 1:19 p.m. EDT

— 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.