Former Vermont school bus driver Shane K. McBrayer, 30, of Waterbury VA plead guilty to drunk driving charges Tuesday and is now facing up to 18 months in jail. Employed by the Chittenden East Supervisory Union school district since last September as a daytime school bus driver and sporting events driver, McBrayer was on trial for driving under the influence of alcohol as well as negligent operation of a motor vehicle during a Mount Mansfield Union High School boys' hockey team trip on January 23rd of this year. The bus driver and his .134 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level initially caught the attention of team officials because of erratic driving. The legal BAC limit in Vermont where the offense occurred (as well as here in Georgia), is .08.
McBrayer made no comments in court beyond his guilty plea, and is currently serving 30 days in jail before he is eligible to be transferred to Georgia.
Not his first DUI offense
Though originally charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment and driving under the influence of alcohol as misdemeanors, McBrayer's DUI charge was later upgraded to a felony (and subsequently lowered back to a misdemeanor, in part because of insufficient Mecklenburg County, N.C. records to prove McBrayer was the same Shane McBrayer convicted in NC) by the Prosecution after discovering the defendant held two previous drunk driving convictions, in North Carolina in 2002 as well as here in Georgia in 2004.
In addition to prior drunk driving convictions, McBrayer's criminal history also includes convictions for robbery, shoplifting, burglary, disorderly conduct, and underage possession of alcohol, all of which he omitted when applying for his commercial driver's license in Vermont. Though previous drunk driving convictions wouldn't have disqualified him from receiving a commercial driver's license, the information would have at least been available to school districts or bus companies considering him for employment. The Chittenden school district had requested a records check on McBrayer before he was hired in September, which revealed no DUI convictions at the time.
Related Resource: The Boston Globe "Vt. man admits driving school bus while drunk" June 2, 2010