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Bus driver charged with DUI while driving Mahomet-Seymour students

Bus driver charged with DUI while driving Mahomet-Seymour students


MAHOMET — Illinois State Police say a Mahomet man was driving under the influence of drugs when a school bus, carrying 33 students and coaches, was stopped Tuesday night on Interstate 72 in Piatt County. 

On Wednesday, Illinois State Police identified the bus driver as Marvin R. Bell, 69, who also is charged with endangering the life of a child. He posted $250 bond and his driver's license and was released from the county jail. 

ISP said at 8:39 p.m., the bus was traveling on I-72 when reports were received that the driver had been driving erratically through Decatur.

The bus was returning to Mahomet-Seymour High School after a wrestling match in nearby Mount Zion. The district employs its own bus drivers.

The school bus was located by the Piatt County Sheriff's Office and Monticello Police Department. ISP also arrived on the scene during the stop. 

Mahomet-Seymour Superintendent Lindsey Hall released a statement Tuesday morning confirming the bus was stopped and pulled over on its way back to Mahomet from an athletic event.

“We take these charges very seriously and will take appropriate action in the school district," Hall said in the statement. "The safety of our children and staff is the top priority at all times.”

Hall said the driver passed all required tests earlier in the school year. Calls to the district seeking additional comment were not returned Wednesday morning.

The Piatt County Sheriff’s Department did not have any additional information Wednesday, except to confirm the bus was pulled over on Interstate 72.

The Mahomet-Seymour junior high school wrestling team had a meet with Clinton and Mt. Zion Tuesday night in Mt. Zion.

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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