Area bus driver fired at school board meeting after DUI charge

Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 10:07 AM EDT
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NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ/WDTV) - An area school bus driver has been fired after being arrested on DUI charges earlier this month.

On March 8, Nicholas County school bus driver Casey Doddrill was arrested on DUI charges.

Tuesday evening, at a special school board meeting, Dodrill was fired along with another bus driver who allegedly knew he was intoxicated.

For the parents who had kids on the bus that day, like Greg Groves, this is something he’s been waiting for.

“I’m glad the board pursued to the fullest extent of their powers to terminate,” he said. “That was definitely needed.”

The Nicholas County Board of Education previously said an aide with the school district called West Virginia State Police to report Dodrill after noticing he was driving erratically while taking students home from Richwood High School and Gauley River Elementary.

Nicholas County Superintendent Dr. Donna Burge-Tetrick recommended the school board fire both drivers.

“He failed the field sobriety test and registered at a .118 on the breathalyzer test,” she said. “He admitted to the arresting officer that he had been drinking and driving.”

Nicholas County Board of Education President Weldon Perrine said during an executive session, the board watched a video from that day with both drivers on the bus.

“The one who admitted on the video that he was too drunk to read his phone,” Perrine said. “He said it three different times. He was too drunk. So that’s how we determined that the other driver knew that he should have stepped up.”

Once hearing all the evidence, Perrine said there was no question both drivers should lose their jobs.

The final vote was a unanimous 5-0.


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