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Bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI while taking kids to school

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 19:57:03-04

BILLINGS — A school bus driver heading to Ben Steele Middle School in Billings on Thursday is facing numerous felony charges after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs while driving students to school.

Keith Jones was arrested following reports at around 8 a.m. of a First Student bus being driven erratically and in an unsafe manner, according to a news release from Billings Police Lt. Brandon Wooley.

A Ben Steele school resource officer contacted the driver and started a DUI investigation, according to Wooley.

Wooley said Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and could face up to 28 counts of felony criminal endangerment for each student riding on the bus.

Prosecutors have not yet determined exact charges.

Jones, 46 years old, is currently being held in the Yellowstone County Detention Center.