UPDATE: Local school bus driver charged with DUI with kids aboard bus sentenced to jail
UPDATE: A school bus driver was charged with driving under the influence in November of 2018 has been sentenced to jail time on Monday.
District Attorney Mike Taylor says the driver, Mike Ledbetter, pleaded guilty to DUI with a child under 18 and reckless endangerment on July 22.
Taylor says Ledbetter will spend 30 days in jail and serve 18 months of probation.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: A school bus driver was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday, and was taken to the Rhea County Jail.
The driver has been identified as Mike Ledbetter and has been with the school district since December 2017. The Rhea County school superintendent tells Channel 3 they haven’t had a problem with him over the last year.
In September, however, two complaints were made to the department of education about Ledbetter using "unacceptable language" on his route, according to a warning from the district. Ledbetter would have been taken off of the district's Approved Driver's List if he received another write-up, the warning said.
A 911 caller informed the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office of the situation. They, in turn, called the school. The school radioed for the driver to pull over immediately, which Ledbetter did.
The bus was en route from Rhea Central Elementary to Rhea County High School on US-27. Students have since been placed on other buses, or picked up by parents,
Ledbetter has been terminated from the school system.
The bus, #41, was said to be swerving and driving erratically while running its route. Students aboard the bus texted or called their parents to report the driver.
The driver was taken to a nearby hospital for a blood test.
He has been charged with DUI with a child under 18, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony reckless endangerment.
Ledbetter's bond has not yet been set.
This is a developing story and will be updated.