|Levi Pryke, 25, drove school bus 'high on drugs' jailed.|
A bus driver who crashed into two cars on the school run whilst high on drugs has been jailed.
Levi Pryke, 25, of Dartford Road, March, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday December 20th. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, was sentenced to six months in prison and disqualified for two years. Pryke was arrested after students reported his manner of driving to staff at Peterborough Regional College on Wednesday, September 11th.
He was driving the 'Sun Fun' single decker coach from Earith to Peterborough with students on board.
|A typical Sun Fun School Coach|
He took a wrong turn in Warboys before colliding with a parked Ford Focus, he then carried onto Bury and crashed into a parked Renault Kangoo van. A student described it as a 'loud scraping and crunching sound and the bus shuddered'.
On his route he also missed two bus stops, the children had to walk down the road to board the bus.
When officers arrived at the bus they found Pryke's speech was mumbled and his eyes were glazed.
Following a breath test, PC Paddy Reeve carried out a Field Impairment Test which he failed and was arrested.
A blood test was carried out and traces of cocaine, cannabis and benzodiazepines were found in Pryke's blood.
PC Reeve commented: "His arrest on the day may have saved the life of another road user or member of the public as driving while under the influence of drugs will increase the risk of having an accident."
"Pryke was in a position of substantial responsibility with students as young as 16 years old and I'm glad to see that he has been given a custodial sentence and banned from driving."
Drink and drug driving is one strand of the force's Get Closer to Christmas campaign.
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