Varney terminated


Bus driver reportedly drove children under the influence of alcohol

By Owen Wells - [email protected]



LOGAN, W.Va. — A school bus driver who was arrested last month for drinking and driving after he had allegedly been transporting children was terminated at the July 14 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education.

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.

Browning reportedly stated to Booth he had been alerted to the fact that Varney smelled of alcohol after he returned from his bus run that morning.

Varney had reportedly transported six students ranging in age from middle school to high school on his morning run.

While speaking with Varney, Booth reports he could detect the odor of alcohol.

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.

Varney was officially terminated following a stent in executive session where the board reportedly discussed student and employee discipline.

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Bus driver reportedly drove children under the influence of alcohol

By Owen Wells

[email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

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