Bus driver accused of falling asleep at wheel still behind bars - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Bus driver accused of falling asleep at wheel still behind bars

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Paul Pixley (Shelton PD) Paul Pixley (Shelton PD)

The bus driver accused of dozing off while driving a bus with 30 children on board faced a judge on Wednesday.

Police said on Dec. 16, Paul Pixley fell asleep while behind the wheel of a school bus in Shelton, nearly a dozen times.

In many of those instances, there had been 30 Shelton intermediate school students on board.

A log that police made from the school bus's surveillance footage paints a terrifying picture, of Pixley falling asleep while the bus is stopped. The bus starts to roll and when he wakes up, he hits the brakes suddenly, causing students to be thrown from their seats.

Fortunately, all of the students got off the bus safely, but police said students exited at earlier stops because they were scared.

Police eventually pulled Pixley over and took him off of the bus.

He later admitted he should not have been driving.  

Pixley told police he used to have a drug problem and was taking methadone, and also may have taken Nyquil instead of Dayquil accidentally.  

The Shelton School District and police department stated that the children will never be put in that position again.

He’s being held on a $75,000 bond and faces 30 counts of reckless endangerment.

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