Bus driver accused of driving while drunk charged with child abuse

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A school bus driver accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol now faces four charges including child abuse.

Burton Carpenter, 57, was driving a freshman football team from Prairie View High School in Brighton to Mountain Range High School in Westminster Saturday when he was arrested.

Police said that as the bus arrived at Mountain Range High School around noon, it sideswiped another vehicle.

Police were called and determined that Carpenter was drunk. Fourty-one people were on the bus while he was driving.

Monday, Carpenter was advised of the charges against him including careless driving, misdemeanor DUI, reckless endangerment and child abuse.

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