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Massachusetts school bus driver drunk in crash

Police say he was very drunk, but a school bus driver says he was only under the influence of cold medicine when he allegedly crashed his bus into a utility pole with children on board. No students were hurt.

The bus was on its afternoon drop off in the area Hayden Pond Road when he cashed into a utility pole.

Poirier is charged with drunken driving, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and child endangerment while operating under the influence. Officials called in a second bus to drive the students home.

Company spokesperson Jay Brock told The Boston Globe that Poirer has been suspended pending an investigation. Police say they arrested him after conducting sobriety tests.

When asked if he had been drinking, Poirier denied it, Luzzo said. “He said that he had drunk Nyquil and Dayquil earlier during the day”, an attorney read in court.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Poirier was then released on his own recognizance and ordered to wear a monitoring bracelet.

Authorities responded to the crash at around 3 p.m. Thursday in Dudley. The bus had been dropping students from two Dudley schools off when the crash occurred. “A full review is underway, along with appropriate disciplinary action”.

None of the 11 students on the bus were injured, according to police.

Source: Lakes Andes Wave