With less than a month before school starts a bus driver is arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
We learned there were children onboard at the time, they were on their way to ZED summer school classes.
We learned those kids on the school bus were dropped off at the school prior to the arrest and were unharmed.
The bus driver — is 40-year-old Robert Mielke of Stewartville.
Authorities tell us a witness complained that Mielke was driving erratically on the road, and at one time almost hitting another vehicle. When authorities received the report they stopped him and noticed alcohol on his breath.
Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen tells us Mielke’s blood alcohol level was point .07 which is under the legal limit in Minnesota. However, Minnesota has a No Tolerance law for school buses and commercial vehicle drivers.
“A school bus cannot have any alcohol in their system when they are driving the school bus, there’s no legal limit for them its absolutely no alcohol in their system,” says Jensen.
We contacted the bus company, Engle Bus Services out of Stewartville, who told us they fired Miekle before hanging up on us.
We’re continuing to dig more into this story, and will bring you the latest tonight on ABC 6 NEWS at 10.