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Sheriff Says Nicholas Bus Driver Mistook Suspects For Students
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 16, 2012 4:03 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 12:34 PM EDT
Craigsville , West Virginia
The driver of the Nicholas County school bus who picked up two adults later charged with public intoxication and several other offenses initially mistook the suspects for students, Nicholas County Sheriff Wetzel Bennett said.
“It was the first day (of school), and they don’t know yet who gets on where,” Bennett said Friday. “The bus driver just assumed they were high school or middle-school students.”
Bryan L. Johnson, 21, and Ayla J. Hodges, 19, both of Tioga were charged with disturbance of school, trespassing and public intoxication following the alleged incident that occurred about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a previous news release from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department. The two suspects are accused of boarding the bus in the Tioga Road area in Craigsville, the release said.
Bennett estimated the bus was full of students when it reached Richwood Elementary. The news release said law enforcement was notified and the pair was arrested. He said Johnson and Hodges are not accused of harming any students.
A spokesman for Nicholas County Schools said officials are looking into the incident. “The school system is aware of the situation,” Ernie Jarvis, director of transportation for the Nicholas County school system, said Friday. “No students were in danger, and we are investigating.”
Johnson and Hodges are lodged in the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods.
Two people were arrested and charged with public intoxication and several other offenses after boarding a Nicholas County school bus, authorities said.
It was unclear whether students were on the bus when the alleged incident happened about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Bryan L. Johnson, 21, and Ayla J. Hodges, 19, both of Tioga were charged with disturbance of school, trespassing and public intoxication, according to a news release from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department.
The two suspects are accused of boarding the bus in the Tioga Road area in Craigsville, the release said. They were transported to Richwood Middle School, where law enforcement was notified and they were arrested, the release said.
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the Nicholas County Board of Education. Johnson and Hodges were lodged in the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods.
Officials could not be reached for additional information. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for further updates.
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