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Rutherford County Bus Driver Charged with DUI

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A Rutherford County bus driver was charged on Friday with DUI after a police investigated him for a hit-and-run accident, the school district confirmed.

Jeffery Layne, 53, of Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro, drives bus 110 for Stewartsboro Elementary School. According to a press release from the district, Layne was charged after completing the elementary school route. The district said it first contacted by Murfreesboro police at approximately 3 p.m. while they were investigating the driver in connection with a reported hit-and-run accident in his private vehicle from earlier in the afternoon.

"We understand that parents will be shocked and concerned about this troubling news, and the school district is equally shocked and concerned about the charges against the driver," the district said.

Rutherford County Schools said it uses independent contractors to provide bus service. Bus 110 is owned by contractor Roy Dye, who employed the driver.

The school district said it completes background checks on all drivers before they are cleared to drive, Layne was cleared to drive beginning in February 2013, and he has no other incidents on his record while driving for the school district.

"We do not yet have a full list of the charges against the driver," the district said.  "We are fully cooperating with police as they investigate the situation, as we have throughout the afternoon."

The release said the school and the district's transportation department provided information to police about the driver, who was in the process of completing his elementary school route. He was questioned by police once he returned to school and was eventually charged with driving under the influence.

The school district said it sent a message to the parents with children who ride the bus 110 earlier in the afternoon to notify them the bus driver was being investigated. It said a second message is being sent to those parents tonight about the charge.

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