School Bus Driver Charged With DWI, Fired

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ROSEBUD (October 21, 2013)—Rosebud-Lott ISD driver Ralph Ucciferro, who was pulled over and arrested as he drove more than 40 students to school Monday, was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 and younger, police said.

Ralph Ucciferro (Jail photo)

Officers stopped the bus Monday morning on Main Street in Rosebud after receiving a call from the parent of a student aboard the bus who said the driver was intoxicated, Rosebud Police Chief Quincy Lee said in a press release.

Rosebud-Lott ISD Superintendent Anthony Price said earlier that the student texted her mother that the bus was being driven recklessly.

Monday afternoon Price said Ucciferro is no longer employed by the district.

Ucciferro, 59, submitted to a Breathalyzer test and “blew over the legal limit,” Lee said.

He was arrested and taken to Falls Community Hospital where blood was drawn and then to the Falls County Jail, Lee said.

Another bus driver and a district official went to the scene and the second driver took the bus on to school.

There were 40 to 50 students on the bus who ranged in age from primary to high school.

Price said the high school students on the bus kept calm and order amongst the younger passengers until school staff arrived.

According to Rosebud-Lott ISD, bus drivers are susceptible to random drug tests each month.

Price said Ucciferro had passed proper background checks as well.