Adams 12 school bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving 37 students to Westminster

Burton Carpenter due in court Monday

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - An Adams 12 school bus driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at noon on Saturday -- after transporting dozens of students.

The bus driver, Burton Carpenter, drove 37 students and four adults from Prairie View High School in Brighton to Mountain Range High School in Westminster and then sideswiped a vehicle as he entered the school parking lot, Westminster police said.

The distance between the schools is nine to 17 miles, depending on the route taken.

Officers arrested Carpenter at Mountain Range High School on suspicion of DUI, child abuse posing threat or injury to a child, reckless endangerment, driving a vehicle with excessive alcohol in body/breath and careless driving.

Carpenter is currently being held at the Adams County Detention Facility on a $2,000 bond.  He worked for the district since July 2012, according to to Adams 12 spokeswoman Melissa Hoelting   She said he is on paid administrative leave.

He is due in Adams County Court Monday morning.

The Adams 12 School District issued a statement that it is "deeply concerned about the allegations.  The safety of our students is our number one priority."

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