Former Bus Driver Sentenced For DWI

Former Bus Driver Sentenced For DWI Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A former school bus driver has been sentenced for being drunk on the job.

Thomas Richard Bromen, of Sauk Centre pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor count of DWI while operating a commercial vehicle.

The 64-year-old had a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit to drive, while he had 50 kids on a Sauk Centre school bus.

He was sentenced in Stearns County District Court to 80 days already served in jail and six years of probation. He was also fined $900 but can perform community service instead of pay the fine.

A charge of DWI and DWI while driving a school bus was dismissed.

On February 5th, the school district received three complaints about Bromen’s driving while he was on his bus route.

The first two complaints came from daycare providers who said that Bromen forgot to drop off children.

The third was from a truck driver who says Bromen cut him off and ran a red light.

A school supervisor met Bromen at the bus garage at the end of his route and he could smell an overwhelming odor of alcohol coming from him.

Bromen admitted to the supervisor that he had been drinking and was impaired while driving the bus.

None of the students were injured as a result of Bromen's drunk driving. He was fired from the district.

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