A Baldwin County Public Schools bus driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Monday at 5:20 p.m. near the entrance to Ono Island in Orange Beach. The driver, 71-year-old Patrick James Glossop, resigned from his bus driving duties with the Baldwin County Public School System on Tuesday.
According to schools spokesman Terry Wilhite, Glossop also voluntarily surrendered his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). He was hired January 8, 2014 as a bus driver at Gulf Shores High School.
“The safety of our students is our top priority whether its in the classroom or on a bus,” Wilhite said. “Driving a school bus is an extremely stressful job, one that our bus drivers take very seriously and very personally and overall our bus drivers do a terrific job.”
School officials have made arrangements for a substitute driver for the bus, 09-11, for the time being.
According to schools spokesman Terry Wilhite, the driver reported to the Ono Island security desk that he had hit a street sign. The security guard notified police of the incident.
“I’m told four students were on board at the time the driver allegedly hit the street sign, and the parents of those students were called and they came and picked them up,” Wilhite said in a statement released Monday night. “As you know, the safety of our students is our top priority and we take these matters extremely seriously.”
This story was updated as further news was released about the name of the driver and his employment with the Baldwin County Public School System.
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