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Colorado Bus Driver Accused of Stopping for Liquor With Bus Full of Schoolkids

Children are loaded onto a bus at Parkview Elementary School in Westville, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. Police in a southern New Jersey community are looking for a bank robber who reportedly was seen in the vicinity of an elementary school. The school has been locked down and police are searching the building. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A Clifton, Colo. school bus driver reportedly made a pit-stop at a wine and liquor store while schoolchildren waited on an idling bus. Mt. Garfield Wine and Liquor store employee Tony Rotella told local news media that the driver purchased a bottle of whiskey and then boarded the school bus last Friday.

"I thought, don't tell me he's the driver of that school bus and it just concerned me. I realized he definitely was the driver of the school bus and that there were kids on it. I decided I should call the Sheriff's Office," Rotella said. But before police responded to the call, the school bus pulled away.

While Rotella identified the bus, the local school district hadn't identified the driver. According to Sheriff officials, state and local laws do not prohibit school bus drivers from purchasing alcohol while on the job, it's only against the law it the liquor is opened on the bus or if the driver had been drinking while driving.

The school district says they will investigate the matter further, but identifying the bus driver will be up to the First Student bus company.

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