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Substitute school bus driver accused of DUI

At approximately 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday, a school bus in Utah was involved in an accident. At the time, only the unidentified driver, a school bus aide and one student, age 13, were on board. The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

Reports regarding the crash indicate that the bus driver lost control in a roundabout. The bus hit a tree, a street sign and then another tree before coming to rest in the yard of a residence. Fortunately, no one suffered any injuries.

The accident took place in the Canyons School District. According to the school district's records, the Utah man has been a substitute driver since Aug. 2014. The driver reportedly told Draper police that, at approximately 2 a.m., he took some prescription medication. Police then took the man into custody for driving under the influence of drugs.

No further details regarding the incident are available at this time. The accused bus driver would most likely benefit from having criminal defense counsel involved in his case prior to formal charges being filed. That way, his rights can be protected throughout the process. Moreover, all of the information gathered to this point can be reviewed for the same purpose.

The man is entitled to be presumed innocent until or unless proved otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Being charged with a DUI could affect every aspect of an individual's life. At the very least, a conviction could result in jail time, fines and other penalties. Mounting an aggressive defense as soon as possible could help minimize -- or eliminate -- the impact such an accusation has on his or her life.

Source: fox13now.com, "Canyons School District bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after bus accident", Ashton Edwards, March 19, 2015

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