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School bus driver accused of driving drunk with students on board

May 28, 2019

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DIXON – A 55-year-old Dixon man was arrested this morning after police say he drove drunk with high school students on board.

Timothy M. Cloutier is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI, each of which carries 1 to 3 years in prison, and nine counts of endangering the life of a child and one count of reckless conduct, both misdemeanors.

According to a news release late this afternoon from Dixon police:

Illinois Central School Bus Co. contacted the department May 15 to report an incident involving an intoxicated driver that happened the day before.

Officers spoke with three company employees who were working that day, and gathered other evidence.

Cloutier was arrested around 11 this morning in the 600 block of Marclare Street.

According to the charging document filed today in Lee County Court, Cloutier’s BAC was higher than .08, and the nine students involved all were younger than 18.

Calls to Jim Love, corporate director of safety, risk management and training for Illinois Central, have yet to be returned.

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