School bus driver accused of DUI will face 36 counts of child abuse
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A school bus driver accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol will face dozens of new charges, including 36 counts of child abuse, District Attorney Dave Young announced Thursday.
The new charges represent one count of child abuse not resulting in injury for each minor that was aboard the bus he was driving.
Burton Carpenter, 57, was driving a freshman football team from Prairie View High School in Brighton to Mountain Range High School in Westminster Saturday when he was arrested.
Police said that as the bus arrived at Mountain Range High School around noon, it sideswiped another vehicle.
Police were called and determined that Carpenter was drunk. Fourty-one people were on the bus while he was driving.
Carpenter was advised Monday of other charges against him including careless driving, misdemeanor DUI and reckless endangerment.