The school bus driver caught drunk behind the wheel could lose his commercial license for a year. Local driving instructors Gary Williams, 54, will not be able to operate a bus or any other rigs if he is convicted of the Driving While Alcohol Impaired (D.W.A.I.) charge.
Bus drivers have to get what is known as a class two C.D.L. before they are allowed to drive the buses. Instructors at the Sage Truck Driving School say operating a large school bus full of children needs a person's full attention and sober state of mind.
As part of getting a C.D.L. license, drivers have to take multiple written test and pass a three part road exam. Instructors say most driving schools will look into a person's records before allowing them to get a C.D.L.
"As a school we look into that what is your motor vehicle record prior to getting your commercial drivers license and if you're going to be hirable," driving instructor Michael Bush said.
First Student, the company Williams works for, says he is currently suspended while it looks into the allegations.
Colorado State Patrol took Williams into custody on Tuesday after a student text his mom that he smelled like alcohol and was having trouble staying in his lane.
He was pulled over three blocks from Orchard Mesa Middle School after dropping off the students.
If Williams is convicted of the D.W.A.I charge when he appears in court, he'll lose his C.D.L for a year and driving schools say he will also have a hard time finding another driving job.
Williams will also face 30 counts of child abuse and failure to drive in a designated lane.