A bus driver for the Berkeley County School District was arrested Sunday after troopers said he transported students while under the influence of alcohol.
None of the 15 Goose Creek High School students aboard the bus were injured. They were returning from a drama competition when troopers stopped the bus in Newberry County.
The activity bus driven by Brent Patrick Carter, 50, of Pandora Drive in Goose Creek, was observed traveling the wrong way in the westbound lane of S.C. Highway 34 without headlights at 7:05 p.m., according to S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres. Troopers stopped the bus as it entered the ramp to eastbound Interstate 26.
Authorities allege Carter had a blood-alcohol content of .18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. He was arrested on a charge of DUI, Beres said. Court records show he is also charged with child endangerment.
Principal Jimmy Huskey transported another bus driver to Newberry County to pick up the students and three adult chaperons.
Beres said the S.C. Department of Social Services was notified.
A statement from the school district said personnel are "fully cooperating with law enforcement and cannot comment on the investigation."
"Additionally, this matter will be handled by the school district following established district policies and procedures addressing this situation," the statement said.
Carter's bail was set at $2,712.