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Cops: Three Village Driver Drove School Bus Drunk

Suffolk County Sheriffs say Bohemia man blew .23 BAC during sobriety test.

The bus driver charged with DWI on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday was a bus driver within the Three Village Central School District, a school spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

According to police, Robert Stundis, 48, of Bohemia, was driving a Ford mini-bus with one tire missing on the westbound lanes of the LIE at around 4:45 p.m. when police stopped him just east of Exit 60 in Ronkonkoma. When officers stopped him, they administered a series of sobriety tests and determined that he was intoxicated. A breathalyzer revealed a blood-alcohol content of .23.

On Thursday afternoon, the Three Village Central School District sent a ConnectEd voice message to parents and posted the following message on its website:

Late this afternoon the district was notified that a bus driver working for our contract bus company – Acme Bus Company – was arrested last night and charged with DWI. Earlier in the day yesterday he was driving a mini-bus in our district. Thankfully, no district children were on the bus at the time of the arrest nor were any children injured as a result of the driver's careless actions. We are completely horrified by these allegations and have made personal contact with parents of the children who were on the bus to share the information we have been told by bus company and law enforcement representatives. Our students' safety has and continues to be of utmost importance to us. I assure you that we are taking this matter very seriously and we will continue to work with members of the police department during their investigation.

No children were on board the bus at the time of Stundis' arrest, however Stundis did admit that he had dropped off students from a middle school earlier in the day. Police also discovered an open bottle of vodka on the bus.

Stundis is facing charges of aggravated DWI. In a statement, Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco said the fact that Stundis was responsible for transporting children made the crime all the more egregious.

"When we entrust our children to the care of others, we expect more; Mr. Stundis will be held accountable for violating that trust," DeMarco stated.

According to a Newsday report, an Acme Bus Company representative said Stundis has been suspended without pay from his job at Acme Bus Company, where he has worked for 10 years. He was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday and is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond, according to the report.

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Maryann Bubolo Butkevich October 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My son was droppe off by him at 4:15pm ...he was arrested at 4:45pm ...it would take 12 drinks to blow a .23. Very scary!
Andrew L October 12, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Agreed, very scary indeed
Bridget October 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
The Deputy Sheriffs did a great job! This guy had to be stopped, it's just by the grace of god no one was hurt.
SueofSB October 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Thank goodness, your son was not hurt. I was wondering if the students recognized his intoxication as his blood alcohol level was so high. Very scary.
Tom Scalli October 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
This is hope that some people would really look at Bus transportation and Sub Contracting out our School buses here in Kings Park, after seeing on the news and reading the papers about 2 drivers from other bus companies that do Subcontracting to Schools. Both drivers were DWI and one had a few convictions of DWI. What were they thinking ? A lot of harm could have happened to the children on those buses.Not only should the drivers be punished and maybe the Bus companies should be, for not checking out their past driveing liscense record. Also a family member that does not live here in Kings Park , had a problem with seeing children running up and down the aisle on the bus when it approached her childrens stop , when she approached the driver and ask him what was going on, the driver did not speak English. Is this the way they run a Bus Company . So is it really worth it to Subcontract out our School Bus Transportation here in Kings Park. I hope not. All of our bus drivers where and are so nice, especially the one we had last year, he was the greatest and we do miss him very much especially his smile and kindness to us and the children. He ( Tony ) really knew how to interact with the children and parents, they felt very comfortable and safe. Plus made us all laugh alot.Does anyone else know of him in Kings Park. If he is your childs or childrens bus driver, you have the best, wait for the holidays when he gets dressed up. Tom Scalli

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