Bus Driver Cited for DUI

Bus Driver Cited for DUI Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Yesterday, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on DUI charges as he was preparing to operate a school bus in Rice.

On January 10th the Rice Police Department learned that 46 year old Erik Richard Bonde of Rice had a driver’s license that was suspended. At about 1:30 pm, an officer made contact with Bonde concerning this suspended driver’s license. The officer advised Bonde of the fact that his license was suspended and told him that he could not drive until his license was re-instated.

About 90 minutes later at 3:05 pm, a Rice police officer learned that Bonde had driven a van-sized school bus to the Rice Elementary School and was currently seated in the driver’s seat of the bus.

A Rice police officer and Benton County deputies approached the bus and made contact with Bonde. The officers reminded Bonde that his driver’s license was still suspended. While speaking with him, officers observed signs indicating that Bonde was intoxicated. Officers asked him to take a breath test, which indicated that Bonde’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving. Deputies also located a container on the bus which held an alcoholic beverage. No students were in the bus while Bonde was operating it.

Police arrested Bonde and took him to the Benton County Jail.

Bonde was held at the jail until he sobered up and was released without bail.

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