Police: NY bus driver drove drunk with 13 students on-board

COBLESKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say a bus driver is being accused of driving drunk while children were on their way home from school.

According to New York State Police, officers arrested 42-year-old Delhi native Daniel Mowers on Feb. 22 for felony DWI, 12 counts of felony Leandra’s Law, and 13 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Troopers say they responded to the Gilboa School bus garage after a phone call from a concerned parent whose child was dropped off of the school bus operated by Mowers. The child had reported to the parent that the bus was being operated erratically.

While interviewing Mowers, Troopers say they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Mowers failed sobriety tests performed at the bus garage and was placed under arrest for being intoxicated while operating the school bus occupied by 13 total students during his bus run, 12 of which were age appropriate for Leandra’s Law.

There were no students left on the bus at the garage during the arrest.

Mowers was transported to SP Cobleskill where he was found to have a blood alcohol content of .12%. He was arraigned in the Town of Broome Court with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Gilboa Court on a later date.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

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