New Jersey police have arrested a school bus driver that was drunk when he was involved in a road rage incident with about 20 students on board his vehicle.
According to Lakewood, New Jersey police, 54-year-old Angel Colon was intoxicated when authorities responded to the scene.
Lakewood Police were called to the area of Chestnut Street and Vermont Avenue about the alarming incident that involved the vehicle Colon was operating and another. Officers Christopher DiBiase and Ralph Hatt came to assist Daniel Brooks when Hatt said he smelled alcohol on Colon’s breath.
Staffordsmith said Lakewood Police Officer Daniel Brooks radioed headquarters about 8:30 a.m. to report he was out with two vehicles that were involved in a road rage incident in the area of Chestnut Street and Vermont Avenue. One of the vehicles was the school bus driven by Colon, Staffordsmith said.
Jay’s Bus Service in Lakewood contracts with a number of area school districts for specific bus runs. Staffordsmith said it was not known which school district the students were from, or the age of the students.
Officers Ralph Hatt and Christopher DiBiase responded to assist Brooks and as Hatt was speaking with Colon, he smelled alcohol on the bus driver’s breath, Staffordsmith said. Colon was also described as having slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, he said.
Colon was arrested and charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of children. He was taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, New Jersey. It is unclear whether he posted bail.
The bus company, Jay’s Bus service, declined comment on the matter and wouldn’t say if Colon was still employed.