BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A Mingo County bus driver was arrested Tuesday night on charges of DUI and child endangerment, West Virginia State Police said.
David Lee Justice Jr., 34, was driving a Mingo County bus Tuesday afternoon with multiple juvenile passengers on board to a soccer game in Lincoln County, a criminal complaint from Boone County Magistrate Court said.
Troopers received three be-on -the lookout alerts for the bus from calls stating the school bus was weaving in and out of lanes and driving recklessly. One officer spotted the bus weaving across the center line multiple times while it traveled northbound on U.S. 119 in Boone County, the complaint said. The officer then made a traffic stop for the bus.
A field sobriety test was performed and Justice could not keep his balance and made multiple errors, showing signs of impairment, the complaint said.
Justice was placed under arrested and was taken to the Logan Regional Medical Center for a blood test and was then taken to the State Police detachment and then the Southwestern Regional Jail.
Jail officials said Justice was brought into the jail about 10 p.m. Tuesday. He was released about 12:40 a.m. on a $2,000 cash only bond.
Mingo County’s school superintendent, Donald Spence, released a statement about the arrest of the county’s school bus driver.
“The safety of our children is our first priority,” Spence said in the statement. “I am aware of the arrest of a bus driver and I am taking all necessary steps to address the situation. The Mingo County Board of Education will not tolerate in any fashion behavior that endangers our students or staff.”