By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 at 8:47 am in Schools.
Not even sure where to start with this one… a Monterey area school bus driver was arrested yesterday for driving his morning route while drunk. Yep, after driving 50 children to school, bus driver Frankie Mata, age 48, underwent a random drug and alcohol test. When Alisal school district officials discovered he had a blood alcohol level of .12, they called the cops. The legal limit is, of course, .08 — although surely the limit for a school bus driver on a morning route ought to be ZERO. Two hours after the school district breathalyzed Mata, the police conducted a second DUI test and he still clocked in at .07. What, may we ask, was he doing at dawn? Rolling in from the bars? Or does he normally have vodka with his Wheaties? And didn’t any of his colleagues at the school bus lot notice? Or did they figure Mata was just wearing that new cologne, eau de Johnny Walker? Thank heavens it was a random DUI test that snagged this guy, not a horrific bus crash.
At the moment, Mata is sitting in Monterey County Jail awaiting charges that are expected to include 50 counts of child endangerment. Click “comments” and weigh in with your thoughts.