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DDOT driver accused of driving drunk on the job

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Michael Henderson is feeling very lucky right now. Late Tuesday night he boarded DDOT's East Warren bus to head home, but he immediately knew something wasn't right.

"We kind of smelled alcohol on the bus but we thought somebody just spilled something, and one of the passengers noticed that the bus driver actually pocketed the money that was supposed to go into the machine," he says.

"He didn't even really seem drunk at first. He just kind of was just talking to everybody like normal, but when he started talking about not really caring about losing his job, he slurred his words a lot so it was kind of like, oh yeah, he's messed up," Henderson adds.

Initial reports indicate the driver blew a .20 and was immediately taken into custody.

Police say a 3-year-old boy and his father were on the bus with this driver for several miles while the bus swiped cars and swerved on the road. They went to the hospital.

"He's immediately suspended, and it'll be a review and investigation. He'll have to go through the trial board. The odds are that, if the allegations are true, he'll be, it'll be 30 days pending discharge. In the meantime, we can assist him with getting some help," says William Williams, vice president of the Amalgamated Transit Union's Local 26.

He says the 53-year-old employee has been with the company for less than 10 years.


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