A police officer in Shelton, Connecticut, pulled over a school bus driver on December 16th who was swerving, according to NBC 4.
The driver, identified as 55-year-old Paul Pixley, appeared to be having trouble staying awake on the road.
After an assistant manager for the bus company drove the bus back to the depot, the police department uncovered new information: Pixley had been falling asleep earlier in the day with children on the bus.
Fortunately, the incident had been fully documented. The kids had sent texts and social media messages to alert parents and other friends of the danger they were in.
“She sent me a barrage of texts. ‘Mom, I’m scared.’”
Sheldon Police were alerted of the situation when frantic parents began calling to report the driver’s actions.
Pixley has since been charged with 30 counts of risking injury to minors, reckless endangerment in the second degree, and other related charges. He’s being held on $75,000 bail.
The Sheldon Public school system released a statement on Tuesday that the bus driver will no longer be allowed to drive for them, Fox 61 reported:
“Be assured that this driver will never drive for the Shelton Public School System ever again.”
All of the children were able to get off the bus at earlier stops, and it was lucky that their quick actions were able to give parents and police a better picture of the dangerous ride home.