Kauai school bus driver arrested for DUI

Published On: Aug 08 2013 03:56:05 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 08 2013 04:44:21 PM HST

Lawrence Koth

KAPA`A, Hawaii -

Kauai police say officers arrested Lawrence Koth for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant after he crashed a school bus into a boat in Kapa'a Thursday morning.

Kauai county officials say police are awaiting results of Koth's tests, but the incident does not appear to be alcohol-related.

The 74-year-old Kapa'a man was en route to Kapa'a Middle School when citizens reported to Police Dispatch that the bus appeared to be swerving on the roadways.

Police located the bus at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Kamalu Road and observed the vehicle weaving.  Officers then initiated a traffic stop on Olohena Road, near the Puuopae Road junction.  The bus was attempting to pull to the shoulder of the roadway when it sideswiped a parked boat and trailer.

Koth and the four Kapa'a Middle School students who were on the bus at the time of incident did not report any injuries.  Police worked with Department of Education officials to notify the students' parents and have them all safely transported to school.

Koth failed an initial sobriety test while on scene and was subsequently arrested. He was later released from custody after posting bail.

The incident remains under police investigation.

"We’d like to thank the citizens who immediately notified police when they recognized the bus weaving on the road," stated Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Ale Quibilan. "Their efforts may have prevented a much more serious incident from occurring."


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