UPDATE: COOKEVILLE, TN (AP) - A charter bus driver who was charged with driving under the influence last week after transporting 56 high school students to a football game in Cookeville has been fired.

Local media outlets report that the driver's employer, Adam Wise, announced the firing of 58-year-old Robert M. Hoskinson on Wednesday.

Hoskinson was transporting Nashville-based Christ Presbyterian Academy students to a Class 3A championship game Friday at Tennessee Technological University.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol Report, Hoskinson smelled of alcohol when he was stopped at a checkpoint. Authorities say he failed a field sobriety test and a half-empty bottle of vodka was found in the bus's console.

Hoskinson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence using a commercial vehicle and reckless endangerment.? It's unclear whether he has an attorney.


PREVIOUS STORY: COOKEVILLE, TN (AP) - A charter bus driver who drove high school students to the Class 3A state championship football game has been charged with driving under the influence.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol tells media outlets that 56-year-old Robert Michael Hoskinson was arrested Friday evening in Cookeville after failing a sobriety test.

Hoskinson worked for Nashville-based Wise Coaches and was driving Christ Presbyterian Academy students to Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville for the championship football game. He was arrested on charges of DUI, possession of alcohol in a motor coach (open container) and reckless endangerment of 56 students.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says the students were safely returned home via Putnam County district school buses.

Hoskinson has been scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.

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