Bus driver pleads not guilty to drunken school ride
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bus driver who allegedly took high schoolers on a drunken, profanity-laced ride through San Francisco before hitting a light pole has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.
The San Francisco Chronicle says Aaron Friedman entered pleas Thursday to 15 counts including DUI and child endangerment.
Prosecutors say the charter bus driver picked up the George Washington High School varsity swim team from a pool last Friday.
But instead of taking the 19 youngsters back to school, he allegedly mistook AT&T Park for their campus and steered through Market Street while honking his horn and swearing at motorists.
Authorities say the swim coach got Friedman to pull over after the bus hit a light pole.
Luckily, nobody was hurt.
Police say they found four empty vodka bottles in the bus.