A man who had been drunk while driving a school bus was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Wednesday.
On June 18, 2013, when 17-year-old student Brianna St. Onge smelled alcohol on bus driver Keith Rawson’s breath, she ordered him to pull over on the side of the highway. After prompting him to hand over the keys, she called the police.
Rawson was arrested on the spot with a BAC nearly three times the legal limit. Police also discovered that he had a bottle of alcohol on the bus with him.
Expressing disappointment in the bus driver in whom the students had trusted, St. Onge described his actions as “irresponsible and selfish.”
“I am just grateful no one was killed,” she continued.
In addition to jail time, Rawson’s sentence includes a 15-month driving prohibition, 50 hours of community service, and 12 months of probation.
Rawson’s lawyer told court that Rawson has had a 10-year history of bipolar disorder problems, which have included extreme mood swings, to which Crown attorney Carol Ross responded, “This sounds like more of an excuse.”
“There is no excuse. None,” she continued. She described his actions as a “gross breach of trust.”
Rawson, 63, apologized to the court, and expressed regret at his actions.
“I put their lives in danger,” Rawson told the judge, adding that all he could now was “get my life in order.” He also said that he has quit drinking, and now attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Sources: Sun News, Canoe.ca
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