School bus driver was drunk while taking kids to class in Chicago, prosecutors say
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org November 8, 2012 5:54PM
Updated: November 8, 2012 5:54PM
A Chicago Public Schools bus driver was allegedly drunk while he drove four students to a North Side school this week.
And he attacked a cop after slipping out of his handcuffs in a police lockup, authorities said.
Kenny Sellers, 41, was stopped by a police officer in the 4100 block of North Lawndale Tuesday morning. He had “glassy, bloodshot eyes” and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his mouth, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Minutes before, the arresting officer was stopped by a driver who said Sellers’ bus almost hit him, police said.
The officer then saw the bus coming down the road and screamed for Sellers to stop. But Sellers kept driving, so the officer got into his car, caught up and pulled him over, Conklin said.
The four children on the bus were taken to their homes by police, Conklin said. They were eventually driven to Hawthorne Elementary School, authorities said.
Sellers failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into the 17th District police station where he refused a Breathalyzer, Conklin said.
He was also able to slip his right hand out of a handcuff while he was in a processing room, Conklin said.
When an officer came into the room, Sellers struck him in the chest and forearms before sitting back down, he said.
Sellers, who works for Jewel’s Bus Co., was eventually subdued by other officers. The officer was taken to the hospital for injuries to his left hand and marks on his chest.
Sellers, of the 7500 block of South Green Street, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail Wednesday.
He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated battery, damage to property and resisting arrest.
According to a statement from the Chicago Public Schools, officials are addressing the incident with the “bus vendor to ensure that they are taking all appropriate screening measures for their drivers.” And Sellers is permanently banned from driving a CPS route, the statement said.
Officials with Jewel’s Bus Co. could not be reached for comment.