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James Watwood (Photo: Madison County Jail)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers arrested a Madison County school bus driver on Monday morning and charged him with driving under the influence.

State Trooper Curtis Summerville said James Watwood, 40, of Brownsboro is charged with DUI.  Summerville said Watwood was driving a Madison County school bus when he left the roadway and struck a mailbox on Dug Hill Road, three miles east of Huntsville.

Summerville said Watwood was not injured in the crash and there was no one else on the bus.

John Southerland, Director of Development and Communications for Madison County Schools, issued this statement about Watwood’s arrest:

“Our students’ safety is our number one priority. This employee has submitted his resignation today and will no longer be a bus driver for the system. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

“All prospective employees are subject to the background search as specified by the Alabama State Department of Education. All employees who hold a CDL are subject to random drug and alcohol testing,” Southerland added.