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Police: Go. School bus driver charged with impaired driving | Virginia News

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A school bus driver with a central Virginia school district has been charged with driving under the influence following what police are calling a hit-and-run accident and a brief pursuit.

Richmond police say it happened on Friday afternoon, according to media reports, when the driver of a Chesterfield County public school bus hit a lamp post, smashing it into two pieces and drove off.

Witnesses had also called authorities to report the bus was driving recklessly, Chesterfield Police Lt. F. Kevin Lee said. Officers located the bus and tried to stop it, but the driver did not stop and a brief chase ensued, Lee said. It was later discovered that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, he added.

The bus had earlier dropped off two children in Richmond, police said. Officers located these children and one of them was sent to the hospital for evaluation.

Police said the driver was also charged with several other charges, including having an open container; aggression against law enforcement; obstruction and refusal to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle.

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The driver is no longer an employee of the school division, Chesterfield County Public Schools said.

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