Superintendent: Medina school bus driver arrested after driving drunk with students on board

School bus (stock photo). AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN file photo
School bus (stock photo). AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN file photo

A Medina City Schools bus driver has been fired and arrested after a random alcohol test after a bus drive determined he transported students while drunk, according to the district's superintendent.

In an email to parents, guardians and staff Thursday morning, Superintendent Aaron Sable said that bus driver Herbert Ferguson was relieved of his duties on bus route 30 on Nov. 15, immediately after he failed a random alcohol test conducted after his morning run.

Sable said that during an ongoing internal investigation and in collaboration with Medina police, it was determined Ferguson was "consuming alcohol and met the legal definition of intoxication while transporting students."

Ferguson was arrested late Wednesday, with charges pending, Sable said.

"The safety and security of our students is paramount, and behavior such as impaired driving is not tolerated by our school district," Sable said. "We are very grateful for the federal Department of Transportation’s random drug and alcohol testing policy and to our Transportation Department that immediately removed the driver from his duties in accordance with district procedures. The school board and the district have been and will continue cooperating with the Medina City Police Department in this matter."

Sable said that parents of students who regularly ride the bus were notified separately.

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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Medina bus driver arrested after drunk driving with students aboard