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UPDATE: State police ID bus driver charged with DUI while driving Mahomet-Seymour students in Piatt County

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MAHOMET — The Illinois State Police said a Mahomet man was driving under the influence of drugs when a school bus, carrying 33 students and coaches, was stopped Tuesday night on Interstate 72 in Piatt County.

On Wednesday, state police identified the bus driver as Marvin R. Bell, 69, who also is facing a preliminary charge of endangering the life of a child. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

State police said that at 8:39 p.m., the bus was traveling on I-72 when reports were received that the driver had been driving erratically through Decatur. The bus was returning to Mahomet-Seymour High school after a junior high wrestling match in nearby Mount Zion.

The school bus was located by the Piatt County Sheriff's Office and Monticello Police Department. State police also arrived on the scene during the stop.

Mahomet-Seymour Superintendent Lindsey Hall released a statement Tuesday morning confirming the bus was stopped and pulled over on its way back to Mahomet from an athletic event.

“We take these charges very seriously and will take appropriate action in the school district," Hall said. "The safety of our children and staff is the top priority at all times.”

Hall said the driver passed all required tests earlier in the school year. Calls to the district seeking additional comment were not returned Wednesday morning.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review


Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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