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Ohio School Bus Driver Accused of DUI, Child Endangering

An East Liverpool School bus driver in Ohio, was accused of driving a busload of male basketball players on Jan. 13, while intoxicated, WFMJ 21 reported.

The coaches onboard reportedly said the bus driver, Donald Goodwin, 62, smelled of alcohol and that he was exhibiting abnormal behavior behind the wheel.

Goodwin allegedly registered a 0.75 blood-alcohol content, which is below the .08 legal limit for Ohio drivers. However, the reported limit for a school bus and commercial truck driver is 0.4; therefore Goodwin was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).

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Goodwin reportedly admitted to drinking at a friend’s house until 1:30 a.m. the night before. The blood test was performed around 5:18 p.m. Goodwin has been relieved of his duties pending an investigation, according to news reports.

Goodwin pleaded not guilty to one count of child endangering, misdemeanor counts of OVI, and one count of reckless operation on Jan. 14.

His next court appearance is set on Feb. 11.

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