Rhea County school bus driver charged with DUI


A bus driver in a Southeast Tennessee county has been charged with driving under the influence Wednesday. 

Michael Ledbetter

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. 

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:

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