DEQUINCY, La. – Louisiana State Police arrested a school bus driver in Calcasieu Parish for driving under the influence.
Matthew Richard, 26, was pulled over for speeding on Hwy. 27, about six miles south of DeQuincy. Richard was also reportedly weaving the bus and driving left of the highway centerline.
After taking a breathalyzer test, Richard was found to have a blood alcohol level of .211% -- more than two and a half times the legal limit in Louisiana, police said. Troopers then placed Richard under arrest.
Troopers also found an open bottle of alcohol that Richard allegedly stole from a supermarket earlier in the day.
There weren’t any children on the bus at the time Richard was pulled over, but troopers said 49 children under 12 years old were on the bus earlier in the morning. Those children were safely transported to school without any injuries.
Troopers booked Richard with a DWI with child endangerment, speeding 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone, improper lane usage, possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle, and theft under $500.
Richard is being held in the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.