LOGAN, W.Va. — A Logan County school bus driver was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly completed a bus run while intoxicated on alcohol.
On June 6, Corporal Nick Booth, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department reports he received a call from the transportation supervisor of Logan County Schools Jason Browning stating John M. Varney, of Chapmanville, W.Va., was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
After speaking with Browning, Booth reports Varney had made his run, and when Varney returned, Browning was alerted he smelled of alcohol.
While speaking with Varney, Booth reports he could detect the odor of alcohol emanating from Varney.
Varney reportedly proceeded to fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus and walk-and-turn field sobriety tests.
Booth notes he explained and demonstrated the one-legged stand field sobriety test to Varney; however, Varney allegedly stated he could not perform the test and did not give a reason why.
Varney subsequently registered a .107 blood alcohol level during a preliminary breath test administered by Booth.
Before his breath test, Varney had reportedly transported six students ranging in age from middle school to high school on his morning run.
Varney allegedly requested a blood test to determine the exact nature of his blood alcohol level and was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]