Boulder Valley Bus Driver Takes Plea Deal in DUI Case
A Boulder Valley School District bus driver who was set to go to trial on Tuesday for DUI charges instead took a plea deal in October.
Arthur Scott Pelletier, 46, pleaded guilty to careless driving on Oct. 12 and was sentenced to pay a $150 traffic fine, among other court fees.
He was initially issued a summons on charges of misdemeanor driving under the influence and careless driving in May. The Boulder County District Attorney dismissed the DUI charge as part of the plea deal.
Pelletier was driving a full-size district bus on Arapahoe Road in May when he crashed into the back of Toyota Prius, according to a police report. The impact caused the Prius to hit a Lexus in front of it, as well.
None of the students or drivers involved in the crash were injured.
Pelletier took a breath test after the crash as part of the school district’s routine accident investigation. When he recorded a 0.04 blood-alcohol level, the transportation supervisor called police.
According to the report, Pelletier told police that he drank two shooters of Smirnoff vodka between 11 and 11:30 a.m. that day. He was working a split shift and felt the alcohol would work through his system in time for his afternoon drive.
While the school district never confirmed whether Pelletier was still working for the district, a spokeswoman did say that “he’s not behind the wheel of a school bus” in June.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, email@example.com