A bus driver in a Southeast Tennessee county has been charged with driving under the influence Wednesday.
Mike Ledbetter was booked in the Rhea County Jail on charges of DUI with a child under 18 and drug paraphernalia.
Rhea County Detective Rocky Potter told WTVC several students on the bus contacted their parents to express concern over Ledbetter’s erratic driving. Ledbetter was contacted by school bus dispatchers and instructed to pull over on Highway 27 and wait for police.
Ledbetter then failed a field sobriety test administered by officers who arrived at the scene.
I’ve spoken with several parents of students on the bus this morning. They tell me they got calls from their children saying their “bus driver is drunk”. One dad told me he hung up with his daughter and called the Sheriff’s Office.— Brittany Martin (@BrittanyNC9) November 28, 2018
Rhea County Superintendent Jerry Levengood told parents in a recorded message that Ledbetter, who was hired in December of last year, was immediately fired.
Detective Potter held a press conference about the arrest shortly before noon Wednesday: