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Crime Oregon school bus driver accused of DUI after crashing bus with 10 students

07:20  14 november  2019
07:20  14 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

School bus driver charged with DUI after crashing with 10 students on board

  School bus driver charged with DUI after crashing with 10 students on board A 20-year-old school bus driver has been charged with DUI after he allegedly crashed a bus with 10 students on board in Oregon, according to authorities. The bus crashed Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. on Southwest Old Highway Road in Washington County, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

An Oregon school bus driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI -controlled substance after the vehicle which had children aboard went into a ditch. An Oregon school bus driver is accused of driving under the influence after crashing a bus in Washington County with 10 children on board.

The bus was serving students from Forest Grove High School , Neil Armstrong Middle School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School Authorities in Washington County, Oregon , arrested 20-year-old Jonathan C. Gates for DUI after he allegedly crashed a school bus with 10 children on board.

An Oregon school bus driver is accused of driving under the influence after crashing a bus in Washington County with 10 children on board.

a couple of people that are standing in a parking lot: Jonathan C. Gates was arrested for DUI-controlled substance after a traffic crash involving a school bus, outside Portland, Ore. on Nov. 13, 2019.© Washington County Sheriff's Office Jonathan C. Gates was arrested for DUI-controlled substance after a traffic crash involving a school bus, outside Portland, Ore. on Nov. 13, 2019.

No one was hurt when the bus went into a ditch off a highway about 8 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Jonathan C. Gates, 20, of Hillsboro, was arrested after deputies "discovered Mr. Gates appeared to be impaired," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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A school bus driver in Oregon was under the influence of booze or drugs when he crashed the bus with 10 Gates was transporting students to Forest Grove School District before he veered off into a ditch on the Oregon law refers to “ driving under the influence of intoxicants” as its version of DUI .

He was arrested for "DUI-controlled substance," the sheriff's office said, issued a citation and released.

The bus was carrying students ages 10 to 16 as well as an adult bus aide, the sheriff's office said. The students were from the Forest Grove School District.

"When it comes to crimes like these, we take it very seriously but they are misdemeanor crimes," Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Danny DiPietro told NBC affiliate KGW or Portland.

The sheriff's office said that alcohol was not suspected but did not say what type of substance it believed was involved, according to the station.

It was not immediately clear if Gates has an attorney. A phone number for him could not be found Wednesday night.

The Forest Grove School District said in a statement on its website that the bus veered off the road and into a ditch. "All students were evaluated by emergency personnel and were released to parents or guardians," the district said.

The district said the driver is on paid administrative leave per protocol, KGW reported. David Warner, the director of communication and engagement for the Forest Grove School District, told the station: "The safety of our students is our top priority, we'll look at this and work with the sheriff's office and we'll take the appropriate actions when we have all the details."

Washington County is west of Portland.

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