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School bus driver charged with DUI with kids on board

source News4JAX: FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A bus driver for the Flagler County School District was arrested after he drove middle school students home while under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release Thursday from the county Sheriff’s Office.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said the driver, Mark McNeil, 60, was booked into jail shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and had a blood alcohol content level of .32 and .31, which is four times the legal limit in Florida. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a co-worker with direct contact to McNeil reported smelling alcohol, which was reported to supervisors. Investigators said McNeil attempted to pick up his school bus but drove off in a bus that was not assigned to him and proceeded along his usual afternoon route at Buddy Taylor Middle School to pick up students. continue reading.


If convicted, McNeil faces enhanced penalties under Florida law. While jail isn’t mandatory, these facts may warrant an additional charge of  “child neglect”, a felony. McNeil faces an increased fine and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for six months, among other sanctions.

 

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Jonathan Blecher
Licensed to practice since 1982, Jonathan Blecher has defended over 5000 DUI and suspended driver license cases. A former Assistant State Attorney under Janet Reno, Jonathan later developed his interest and skills in DUI defense working under DUI legend Richard Essen, a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense. A member of the College himself, Jonathan has lectured on DUI topics at seminars, civic and business groups, as well as at the Miami-Dade County Police academy in courtroom procedure for police cadets. Jonathan is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is authorized to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth and Eleventh United States Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Court for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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