An Alaska bus driver was arrested after several of his passengers called to report their driver as highly intoxicated and driving erratically. The man, Steven McKinley, is a seasonal worker currently residing in Anchorage working as a bus driver transporting cruise passengers to and from their cruise terminals.
Anchorage police received the first call from distressed passengers around 9 AM, when passengers claimed their driver was intoxicated and was refusing to pull the bus over. Because cell coverage in that area was unreliable, police were unable to get a clear description of the bus or its location and in turn pulled over two incorrect buses searching for McKinley. It wasn’t until they received more panicked calls from passengers, this time stating that the driver had pulled over and left the bus on foot, that police could get a clear location of the bus.
Although McKinley had arrived to work five hours earlier in fine condition to drive, at the time of his apprehension his blood alcohol content registered at .341, more than four times the legal driving limit of .08. Both a spokesperson for the local police as well as a spokesperson for the bus company were shocked at the situation and described McKinley’s usual driving habits as “very careful.”
There were 46 passengers on McKinley’s bus ranging in age from 2 years old to retirement age. McKinley has been charged with a DUI and 46 counts of Reckless Endangerment, one for every passenger. He is currently in custody in Seward, Alaska.
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