Bus Driver Who Allegedly Drank On Field Trip Is Arrested After Liquor Store Trip

The school bus driver was already facing a misdemeanor count for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger under age 16.

A former Green Bay, Wisconsin, school bus driver who allegedly drank on a field trip faces a new charge after reports that he went to a liquor store earlier this month, which violated the conditions of his bond.

James Nelson was arrested in April and admitted he drank beer before driving Lincoln Elementary students back from a trip to the zoo and the Wisconsin Capitol, WLUK-TV reported.

Police said they determined Nelson’s blood alcohol level was 0.056, above the legal limit of 0.04 for operating a commercial motor vehicle, according to the news station.

The former driver, who has since apologized, said he resigned from Lamers Bus Lines. The company, however, said he was fired after the arrest.

Nelson now faces a new charge of misdemeanor bail jumping after authorities received reports he was “frequenting” a liquor store, according to WLUK-TV, even though his bond conditions were that he could not be in taverns or liquor stores.

From his original charge, Nelson faces a fine of up to $1,100 and up to six months in jail, the news station reported.

His trial is set for Aug. 24.

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