Police: No drugs or alcohol found in Chattanooga bus driver’s system

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(WJHL) – Chattanooga police revealed Wednesday afternoon no drugs or alcohol were found in the school bus driver’s system. Bus driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, faces five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Chattanooga police said that toxicology results released today by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed no trace of alcohol or drugs in the driver’s system.

CPD said that the driver’s history does include a minor wreck that happened in September of this year,

In addition, police obtained warrants for all data devices on the bus. According to Chattanooga police, they are currently reviewing video that shows the front, back and sides of the bus.

The school bus was carrying at least 35 children, from kindergartners to fifth-graders, from Woodmore Elementary School when it crashed into a tree around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, according to officials.

Five children died and six others remain in intensive care unit at an area hospital. Out of respect for the privacy of the children and their families, the police department said it is not releasing any details on the condition of the children.

Chattanooga police said no one was ejected from the bus during or after the crash.

So far witnesses have been interviewed, but police have not talked to the children involved in the crash.

Austin Garrett, 24 year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, and a Sergeant in the Special Operations Division
Austin Garrett, 24 year veteran of the Chattanooga Police Department, and a Sergeant in the Special Operations Division

“That is a very important part of our investigation…they’ve been impacted by a very traumatic incidence. We [would[] do this in cooperation with those who are trained in these matters — along with the parent. We are working on coordinating those efforts,” said Austin Garrett, Sergeant in the Special Operations Division of the Chattanooga Police Department.

Earlier today, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Chattanooga to visit Woodmore Elementary School. He met with the principal and teachers of students involved in Monday’s school bus crash.

Walker is behind bars on a bond of $107,500. A preliminary court date has been set for November 29.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also conducting its own investigation.

See also: Tennessee crash revives debate over school bus seat belts

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