Emery Corey, 68, of Williston was charged with driving a South Burlington school bus while under the influence on Monday afternoon, according to South Burlington Police. Corey was given two Breathalyzer tests after being arrested: One registered .067, the other .069, according to South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple. The legal limit for drivers of commercial vehicles, including school buses, is .04, Whipple said.
A passerby noticed a school bus stopped on the side of the road “for no apparent reason” on Monday at about 4 p.m., and saw the driver, later identified as Corey, throwing something from the bus, according to Whipple. The passerby called police, who responded, but found the bus had driven away, according to Whipple. The chief told the Observer that police later retrieved small, discarded bottles of alcohol, the “kind on an airline,” near the roadway.
Police later found Corey at the bus garage on Landfill Drive, and after speaking with him suspected he had been drinking, based on his behavior and the odor of alcohol, Whipple said. It has not been determined whether Corey was drinking at the time he was transporting children. Whipple said no parents reported any suspicious behavior prior to his arrest.
Corey was released on a citation and is scheduled to appear in court at 8:15 a.m. on May 5.