LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Clark County School District bus driver charged with DUI told police he dropped students off at school just before getting into a crash, police documents said.
Luisito Torres Nazaire, 48, faces several charges including DUI and child endangerment after he was involved in a crash while driving a school bus.
On Jan. 31 at around 7:30 a.m., officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the scene of a collision on Vegas Valley Drive near Stewart Avenue and Fogg Street.
The collision involved a Clark County School District bus and a white sedan. Three people were in the sedan and the bus held no passengers at the time of the crash, the report stated.
Witnesses told police the bus was traveling “erratically” and up “onto the sidewalk.” A video a witness took showed the bus swerving in and out of the lane before hitting the white sedan, which was stopped on the shoulder of the road with its hazard lights on, according to the report.
Police said Nazaire was sitting in the bus with his head down on the steering wheel and was “startled” when an officer knocked on the bus door. Nazaire told the officer he “dozed off for a moment,” claiming that had not happened before.
Nazaire told police he had not eaten since the previous night. He also told police he had not been drinking, but said he took cough medicine the night before the crash, the report stated.
Nazaire said he dropped students off at Las Vegas High School and was on his way to his next location when the crash occurred.
After performing a field sobriety test, police determined that Nazaire was intoxicated on a narcotic and took him to the Clark County Detention Center to give a blood sample to test for substances.
Nazaire is a special education bus driver and has been employed by the district since March 2007. He was placed on unpaid leave following the crash.
Nazaire faces the following charges: DUI of alcohol and/or a controlled or prohibited substance, reckless driving with disregard for persons or property, failure to pay full attention to driving, failure to properly maintain travel lane, two counts of speeding, and three counts of child endangerment.
His next court appearance is scheduled for May 29.