Montgomery Co. school bus driver arrested on the job for DUI

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WKYT) - A Montgomery County bus driver is off the job after being arrested for drunk driving at a school.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Fletcher, 59, at Camargo Elementary School shortly before school dismissal on Wednesday.

A citation obtained by WKYT shows Fletcher's breath alcohol level was 0.068 percent. For commercial vehicle operators in Kentucky, anything above 0.04 percent results in criminal charges.

"Student and staff safety is always our top priority," Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Matt Thompson said in a statement. "When we became aware of a concern regarding one of our bus drivers, we immediately began an investigation which resulted in an arrest and a suspension for the driver pending further investigation. We are working with local law enforcement and are following our personnel guidelines, policies, procedures, and state and federal laws."

WKYT's Garrett Wymer was outside the Montgomery County Regional Jail on Thursday afternoon when Fletcher was released on bond. When asked if he had anything to say, Fletcher said he was just visiting a friend. Then he covered his face with a towel as they drove away.

Holly Marlowe's kids have ridden Fletcher's bus for years. She says she has called and complained about him time and time again, but nothing ever happened.

"I'm just glad finally it's been taken care of," Marlowe said. "I hate for anybody to go to jail, but what I'm saying is, this should have been taken care of a long time ago."

Parents said they were glad Fletcher was arrested Wednesday before something bad could happen. Many said they want to see more testing done on drivers to hold them accountable and make sure their kids are safe.

"My girls are the only thing I have," Marlowe said. "They're my life. Then you see parents on TV and their kids have been run over by the bus driver.... They're supposed to be on that bus to be protected."



 
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