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Driver of car that rear-ended school bus in Digby County charged with drunk driving


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RCMP say there were no injuries Monday when a suspected drunk driver drove his car into the back of a school bus stopped to let off students in Digby County.

Police say the bus had its red light flashing as students were getting off along Highway 1 in Grosses Coques at 2:30 p.m. when a small car hit the rear of the bus.

When members from Meteghan RCMP noticed the driver of the heavily damaged Hyundai Elantra was showing signs of impairment, he was arrested and taken to the police detachment, police said in a news release.

The 71-year-old man from Grosses Coques failed a breath test with a blood alcohol level that registered at nearly three times the legal limit, the release said.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said no one, including the man charged, was hurt in the collision. She described him as lucky because of the size of the car and the height of the back bumper of buses.

The suspect was held in custody until he was sober and was then released, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Digby provincial court on June 10.

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