Dunedoo Bus driver caught drink driving on his way to school run

The Dunedoo bus driver caught drink driving on his way to begin the afternoon school run, was fined $1200 and disqualified for six months when he was sentenced in Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday.

Ian Peter Squire, aged 55, of Cobbora Street, Dunedoo, pleaded guilty to the charge ‘Drive with middle range PCA (Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol)’.

At about 3.10pm on Friday, February 5, 2016, police were patrolling the school zones around Dunedoo Central School and St Michael’s Catholic School.

They driving down Cobbora Street when they saw Squire backing his bus out of the driveway of his house and onto Caigan Street to begin the afternoon school run.

They stopped him in order to conduct a random breath test and noted the smell of alcohol on his breath, his eyes were glazed, face flushed, actions slowed and speech delayed.

The roadside breath test was positive and he was taken to Dunedoo Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.090 was recorded.

Squire told police that he’d consumed three cans of full strength beer between 1 and 2.30pm.

They noted that he would’ve been driving 20 children up to 50km away.

Squire’s solicitor, Tom Flynn, said that his client was “glad he was caught when he was, because there were significant aggravating factors” and has made his address the issues in his life that lead to the incident.

He added that he had since sold his contract with Transport NSW as he felt it was “no longer appropriate”.

Prior to sentencing, Police Prosecutor Phil Donato reiterated the seriousness of the offence, that Squire was at 0.090 on his way to transport children.

Magistrate Terry Lucas told the defendant, “as your solicitor has told the court, you breached a lot of people’s trust”.

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