FARGO — Fargo police arrested a school bus driver Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, after receiving a tip that a bus was swerving all over the road with children running up and down the aisle.
Officers located the bus at Shanley High School and the driver, Bruce Arnold Tweed, 71, of West Fargo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with minors in the vehicle, according to a report released by Fargo police.
Tweed submitted to a breath test that showed a blood-alcohol level of .12 percent, the report said. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent.
The bus was from Valley Bus, driven by a Valley Bus employee, contracted by JPII Catholic Schools for regular transportation, according to the report. Whether Tweed is still a Valley Bus employee is unclear. A message left for a Valley Bus manager was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Police notified JPII Catholic Schools and Valley Bus regarding the incident, and JPII Catholic Schools advised middle and high school students to contact their parents to arrange alternate transportation, the report said.
JPII Schools sent an email to parents, saying they will be working closely with Valley Bus to ensure continued safety of their children.
The email to parents read:
Dear St. John Paul II Catholic Schools Parents:
Even if you are not a user of our school transportation, I want to inform you about an event yesterday afternoon with the Valley Bus Shuttle, one of the three bus shuttle routes between our schools. For that route, we contract with Valley Bus. Valley Bus provides that bus and that driver.
A motorist had called the police with a report of a bus being driven erratically. Police followed the bus, which was on the route from Trinity School after the school day, into our parking lot at Shanley-Sullivan campus.
Police then investigated and arrested the Valley Bus driver for DUI.
We are grateful that the children arrived here safely, that the citizen notified the authorities, and that law enforcement personnel did their work for public safety.
After the event, we emailed all parents who use our transportation system to let them know that the driver was unable to continue the route and that Valley Bus assured us that the shuttle bus would continue on Tuesday (Feb. 19) with a different driver.
I want to assure you that we will be working closely with Valley Bus to ensure the continued safety of our children.
President, St. John Paul II Catholic Schools