Rutherford County Bus Driver Charged with DUI on Friday
53-years-old Jeffery Layne of Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro was arrested for DUI on Friday when police investigated him for a hit-and-run accident. Layne is a Rutherford County bus driver.
According to the school district, Layne is the driver of bus 110 for Stewartsboro Elementary School. He was charged with DUI after he completed the elementary school route. The district was initially contacted by Murfreesboro police at approximately 3 p.m. when they were investigating Layne in connection to a hit-and-run accident. That accident took place when Layne was driving his private vehicle earlier in the afternoon.
The district said that they understand that parents will be shocked and concerned about this troubling news, and the school district is equally shocked and concerned about the charges against the driver.
According to Rutherford County Schools, their bus service is provided by independent contractors, and in this case, bus 110 is owned by contractor Roy Dye who hired Layne to drive the bus. The school district always runs background checks on all drivers before they are cleared to drive. They also confirmed that Layne was cleared to drive in the beginning of February 2013. His record is clean and he has no other driving incidents in his record.
The school district also said that they do not have a full list of all the charges against Layne yet. “We are fully cooperating with police as they investigate the situation, as we have throughout the afternoon,” the district said.
According to a press release from the district, the school and the district’s transportation department provided information to police about the driver, who was in the process of completing his elementary school route. Police questioned him once he returned back to school. Eventually, Layne was charged with a DUI.
Parents of all children who ride bus 110 were notified by the school district via a message sent earlier in the afternoon. They were notified that the bus driver is being investigated. A second message was to be sent later to those parents informing them about the charge.
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