Last February a high school coach from Goose Creek was driving his students back from an activity of some sort. Along the way, state troopers noticed that the bus did not have any headlights on, and it was driving down on the wrong side of the road. So, around 7 P.M., police pulled the bus over, as something fishy was clearly going on. But, on a school bus? It seems pretty improbable that a coach would be driving his students under the influence of alcohol… right? As soon as the coach exited, he displayed signs of intoxication. Therefore, after blowing a .18%— well over the legal limit, he was arrested and charged with DUI.
Clearly he will face a DUI charge, and maybe child endangerment— but what becomes of his career? Ultimately, the penalty for DUI can go beyond the normal circumstances, and in this case? It’s a no-brainer. Driving school property, with students, and to make matters worse, he was more than twice over the legal limit.
High School Coach Faces DUI: Penalties Beyond the Courtroom
All in all, the drunk driving incident leads to a few issues. First and foremost, driving with children in the car can lead to a felony DUI. If children are in a vehicle and receive injury while you are drinking and driving, the charge aggravates to “endangering a minor“. Furthermore, a DUI as a school official certainly has it’s own set of consequences. Especially when you’re still on the clock.
In cases such as these, the department of social services receives notification about the issue. Besides job dismissal, the offense certainly results in a rough professional future. Many bus and truck drivers are unable to find similar jobs if they get a DUI while working. Furthermore, another concern arises when children are present. Even if you do not seriously injure the kids, triggering a felony DUI, the possibility of civil lawsuits arises.
3/4 of a gallon of bourbon…
You can imagine, parents’ anger in finding that their children were in the car with a drunk driver. The school fully cooperated, and the coach admitted to drinking “3/4 of a gallon of bourbon” before getting behind the wheel. The coach, Brent Carter, was an active member of the school for thirteen years. But, following an incident such as this, clearly he faces dismissal.
While driving drunk is never a smart move, doing so with children in the car is particularly dangerous. Not only are you at risk of injuring yourself, and other drivers— but also, a number of unassuming children. Driving drunk is never your only option, especially in a scenario such as this.