KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police have charged Knox County Schools bus driver Hollis Walker, 78, with DUI, reckless endangerment and simple possession after crashing a bus into a gate at Safety City last week.
Police say Walker initially appeared to suffer from a health problem before hitting a gate and a fence. He went to Fort Sanders Hospital for treatment.
No children were hurt.
Based on a continuing investigation, police now believe Walker was driving under the influence. They say Walker had 69 of 90 Klonopin pills on him from a prescription filled earlier in the day. The prescription was not in his name.
Once Walker was released from the hospital, he was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and simple possession.
Dr. Jim McIntyre, the superintendent for Knox County Schools, released the following statement:
“Hollis Walker was immediately removed from our bus driver eligibility roster following the March 10 incident at Safety City, and remains ineligible to drive a school bus. If found guilty of the current charges, he will obviously be removed from the eligibility roster permanently.”
The safety of our students is our most important priority, and we will continue to hold our school bus contractors and their employees accountable for meeting our high standards of safety and service.”