DENVER (CBS4)– An RTD bus driver arrested for allegedly driving a bus with passengers after drinking is facing a felony charge in addition to DUI charges.
Darren Pettee was arrested Monday at 9th and Clermont. He’s a contract employee who was driving an RTD bus at the time.READ MORE: Jefferson County Parents, Students Protest Against Masks Policy For Schools
A passenger called RTD to report Pettee driving recklessly.
Police said Pettee took a breathalyzer which resulted in a 2.11 reading.
Pettee appeared in court on Friday where he was charged with a third DUI offense and a felony charge of endangering public transportation.READ MORE: Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies Determine Suspicious Package At Clement Park Not A Threat
“But as serious as a DUI is for any citizen, it’s even more serious when the allegation involves a bus driver who was entrusted to the safety of people on that bus,” said Denver District Attorney’s Office spokewoman Lynn Kimbrough.
Pettee told investigators that he thought he drank a half-gallon of vodka the night before he was arrested.
“It’s a class 3 felony alleging his actions had the ability to endanger people while driving that bus while drunk,” said Kimbrough.
“I don’t know of a similar incident happening in the history of RTD. This is very serious,” said RTD spokesman Scott Reed.MORE NEWS: COVID In Denver: Businesses Consider Proof Of Vaccination Status
Pettee has had two prior DUIs but because they were more than 15 years ago they were not considered when he was hired as a bus driver.