Motorist charged with 11th OWI; nearly strikes school kidsAn alleged drunk driver had a near-miss with a school bus near Bruce, Wis. Friday.
An alleged drunk driver had a near-miss with a school bus near Bruce, Wis. Friday.
A school bus stopped on Highway 40 in the Bruce School District (Rusk County) at about 3:40 p.m. on Friday, March 23, to let school children off.
While stopped with emergency equipment activated and preparing to disembark children, the driver noticed that her bus was being passed on the right side by a 2001 beige Pontiac Sunfire, which also struck the mailbox at that residence incurring damage to the vehicle.
According to a report from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the bus driver was able to close the bus door in time to stop the children from exiting her bus before injury or death occurred.
The mother of the children gave chase and copied the vehicle plate and description of the driver which she then reported, the report stated.
A senior Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper, working in the area, then assisted the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department by providing a delayed pursuit of the vehicle into Chippewa County.
Two Chippewa County deputies then responded to a report of another hit and run incident and discovered the same vehicle, allegedly driven by a Michael R. Malone, 58, Altoona.
Malone allegedly was passed out after a citizen obtained the keys to the vehicle thus preventing further incident. The deputies arrested Malone for operating while intoxicated 11th offense. The investigation in both counties continues and further charges from both agencies are pending.