Driver Hits Special Needs School Bus, Charged With DUI

PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A car hits a bus full of special needs students and then takes off! Alabama State Troopers say the man behind the wheel had been drinking. This would outrage any parent, and it has definitely left the Superintendent of Morgan County schools mad, yet thankful. None of the students were injured, but it scared them pretty bad. Everyone was able to walk away including the driver who hit them. He kept going, right to his home, within view of where the accident happened.

The bus had just let a student out on Natural Bridge Road when this car rounded a curve and side-swiped it. Witnesses say the car kept going.

“And as we heard later, that it was an accident with someone who possibly was driving under the influence,” Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins said.

The man behind the wheel was James Joshua Warren. And state troopers say he was driving drunk.

“It makes you angry because you think about what it could have been, and we’re just so thankful and so fortunate that there were not any injuries,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins says if the car veered over another few inches it would have been a head-on collision, and the outcome could have been entirely different. Witnesses say after the accident, the car kept going but only a short distance, before Warren pulled into his own driveway, parked and went inside. State Troopers later arrested him and charged him with driving under the influence.

School officials were particularily upset to learn this is not Warren’s first DUI. He was arrested on a DUI charge 4 years ago. That case eventually dismissed by the courts just last year.


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