Barrington Space Unit District 220 officers say a bus driver charged with felony drunken driving following a crash Thursday with center college college students aboard handed all required security checks and had no historical past of troubling habits.
“The district takes this case very significantly, and the driving force has been terminated by Barrington Transportation Firm,” District 220 spokeswoman Samantha Ptashkin mentioned n a press release launched Sunday afternoon. “The driving force on this case had beforehand handed all necessities of the Illinois College Code and had no prior historical past that might have an effect on the driving force’s skill to soundly function a faculty bus.”
Lake County sheriff’s officers mentioned not one of the kids aboard the bus have been injured when it collided with an SUV Thursday afternoon close to Deer Park.
Sheriff’s police arrested driver James Dolan, 61, of the 4000 block of Victoria Drive in Hoffman Estates on Sunday after he was launched from a hospital, the place he had been taken for statement after the crash.
Authorities said the crash happened when Dolan was trying to show left onto Cuba Highway from northbound Ela Highway in entrance of an oncoming Chevrolet Traverse about 4:20 p.m. Thursday. The 58-year-old Carpentersville man driving the SUV could not cease due to the snow-covered street and hit the varsity bus, sheriff’s police mentioned.
The bus was carrying college students from Prairie Center College, Ptashkin mentioned.
Sheriff’s deputies on the scene detected indicators Dolan was underneath the affect, authorities mentioned. Additional investigation indicated Dolan was at almost twice the authorized threshold of alcohol for driving, in accordance with the sheriff’s workplace.
Dolan is charged with aggravated driving underneath the affect and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. He remained in custody Monday on the Lake County jail.
Ptashkin mentioned the district is continuous to work with sheriff’s investigators.
She additionally famous the transportation firm “implements all needed coaching and monitoring required” by state regulators. That features, curriculum and coaching, background checks, and random drug and alcohol testing.
• Every day Herald breaking information correspondent Zack Miller contributed to this report.