Jefferson County Man Arrested After Driving Drunk Past School Bus Unloading Students

CLOVER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County man was taken into custody following an incident in which while intoxicated, he drove while by a school bus that was stopped to offload students.

Around 4:05 p.m. on Monday, March 11, troopers from the Punxsutawney-based State Police were setting up a traffic safety checkpoint on State Route 28 in Clover Township, Jefferson County.

According to police, while setting up a sign along the shoulder of State Route 28, a school bus driver alerted a trooper that a black 1998 Nissan Maxima had just traveled through a zone where the school bus was stopped with its lights and stop sign deployed while dropping off children just north of the checkpoint.

Troopers pursued the vehicle that was described by the bus driver and caught up to it approximately one mile north of where the incident occurred. The troopers initiated a traffic stop near Mount Pleasant Road at 4:10 p.m.

Police say while speaking with the driver of the vehicle, a known 20-year-old Summerville man, there were signs of impairment detected and the driver was asked the step out of the vehicle. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were then administered to the driver, and he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

According to police, a small amount of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and four unidentified pills were also seized from within the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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