Washington DC school bus driver arrested for DWI after crashing bus with kids on board during field trip

A Washington, DC elementary school bus driver transporting a class full of students on a field trip to Virginia was arrested Thursday for DWI after driving the big yellow car into a ditch.

Fairfax County Police arrested Troy Reynolds, 48, of Maryland and charged him with DWI as well as nine counts of gross, reckless or reckless child care.

Troy Reynolds, was driving a bus full of elementary school students when he hit a rock and went into a ditch.  He was later charged with DWI.

Troy Reynolds, was driving a bus full of elementary school students when he hit a rock and went into a ditch. He was later charged with DWI.

Police said he was driving a school bus carrying 44 children and four adults back to Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC after spending the day at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia.

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Not long after hitting the road, Reynolds ran over a rock, causing the rim to buckle and the tire to go flat.

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Instead of being stopped, police said Reynolds continued driving until an adult on the bus convinced him to follow another bus that was also returning on the trip.

Both buses stopped in a parking lot at a nearby technology park where they met with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel and officers from the Fairfax County Police, Sully District Station.

A bus for Chesterfield County Public Schools

A bus for Chesterfield County Public Schools
(Chesterfield County Public Schools)

Police said nine children were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

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Reynolds, police added, failed a field sobriety test and was taken to a detention facility.

He was charged with DWI – his second in a 10-year period – and commercial DWI with child endangerment.

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Police also discovered Reynolds’ license was revoked in Virginia for a prior DWI and suspended in Maryland.

A search of Reynolds found he was in possession of a fake medical card, and he was ultimately held without bail.

Between the two buses that were on the scene, officers with the Vehicle Transportation Safety Unit of the Police Department found 18 safety violations. A third bus that responded to the scene to replace the bus Reynolds was driving was also removed from service by police for safety violations.

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Of the three drivers on scene, MCS officers determined that none were validly licensed to drive a school bus.

All 93 students and eight adults were transported to the Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly, Virginia where they could play in the gym while detectives investigated the matter.

Finally, buses from the Fairfax County Public School system took the students back to their schools in DC

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