NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) — A Goose Creek High School coach was arrested after state troopers say he was driving students in a school activity bus while under the influence of alcohol in Newberry County.
The Berkeley County School district confirms he is a coach, not a school bus driver.
Authorities say South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers met the school bus on SC 34 in Newberry County around 7 p.m. Sunday.
Troopers say the bus was traveling Eastbound in the Westbound lane without headlights.
The report says the trooper was nearly ran off the road.
Troopers arrested the driver, Brent Patrick Carter, 50, of Goose Creek, after they found his blood alcohol content at .18.
The green and white activity bus was from Goose Creek High School in Berkeley County. 15 students and 3 adults were on the bus.
The trooper asked Carter to exit the bus. Carter didn’t put the bus in park and it started to roll as he got out, according to the report.
The trooper said Carter was unsteady on his feet and had food spilled on his shirt. He had also spilled a drink around the driver’s seat and it spilled down the stairs of the bus.
Carter was also very lethargic and his speech was slurred. His pupils were unusually small as well and his eyes were bloodshot, according to the report.
The trooper said his breath also smelled like alcoholic beverage.
EMS was called to check for blood sugar issues, but it was in normal range.
Carter was then placed under arrest.
One of the chaperones on the bus said his driving was so bad that she and others were afraid.
She told the trooper that Carter kept running off the road and hitting rumble strips. She said she had ridden with him many other times and she had never seen him in this condition before.
After he blew 0.18 on the breathalyzer, he admitted he drank 3/4 of a gallon of bourbon the night before, according to the report.
Berkeley County school officials picked up the students, and the Department of Social Services was notified.
WCSC reports that his bond is set at $2,712.