Like many states, the DUI threshold in Georgia for those possessing a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is lowered to .04%. This is even if the person possessing a CDL is driving their own personal vehicle at the time. The penalties for a DUI can see that person having their CDL suspended for a year. A second DUI can see a person’s CDL permanently revoked. This can even be the case for a DUI drugs charge. WSB TV reports on a tour bus headed to the Master’s flipping and the driver being charged with DUI.
Georgia State Troopers believe that 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer was high on drugs while driving a charter bus full of passengers from Atlanta to Augusta for the Master’s Golf Tournament.
All 18 passengers were taken to area hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Passengers told state troopers that Hoppenbrouwer was swerving erratically along Interstate 20 and nearly lost control twice before the crash. The driver told passengers that he was swerving to avoid debris in the roadway.
One passenger said that the bus spun around one and a half times before turning over and then skidded for about 100 yards before coming to rest.
Almost everyone on board suffered from injuries with the exception of Hoppenbrouwer.
Passengers were unable to get the emergency roof door open so they began kicking out windows to get to safety.
At the crash scene, troopers performed a field sobriety test on Hoppenbrouwer. Based on witness reports and those results, troopers felt that the driver should be charged with DUI.
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