Public buses are usually considered among the safest modes of public transportation in Brevard County, but a recent arrest may affect that perception. Police were recently alerted to a potentially catastrophic event by a driver who saw what she described as a “really bad” situation.
The witness told police that she first saw the bus being driven erratically on Dairy Road in Melbourne. She began to follow the bus and called 911 to report what she saw. The witness said that the bus was “swerving everywhere” and appeared to be out of control. Police responded to the call and stopped the bus at a later point on its route. They found a man behind the wheel who allegedly had slurred speech and an unsteady walk. Police also found a red cup next to the driver that contained a liquid that allegedly smelled of alcohol. The man behind the wheel is alleged to have admitted that the liquid contained alcohol.
The suspect refused to take a breathalyzer test, but he was nevertheless arrested and charged with DUI. Early reports of the incident did not state whether or how many people were on the bus when the incident occurred. However, statements from two persons who described themselves as riders of the bus in question were broadcast by a local TV outlet.
This case raises many questions about the suspect’s state of intoxication and how he came to be driving the bus. Anyone who faces similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence in the case, suggest potential defense strategies and, if appropriate, assist in negotiating a plea agreement.