NEWS RELEASE UPDATE FROM SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE: The bus driver was arrested for driving while ability impaired.
Suffolk County Police today arrested a bus driver for driving while intoxicated after he crashed a school bus during a field trip in Cold Spring Harbor around 10:00 a.m.
James Sommer was driving a school bus carrying 29 Plainedge Middle School seventh graders and a teacher to the DNA Learning Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 334 West Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, when he attempted to park the bus and backed into a tree limb. A 12-year-old girl was transported to Huntington Hospital with minor injuries.
Sommer, 47, of 248 North Beech St., Massapequa, was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law), Driving While Intoxicated While Operating a School Bus with Students on Board and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The school bus was impounded. Sommer will be held overnight at the Second Precinct for his arraignment tomorrow at First District Court in Central Islip.
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