Wake school bus driver resigns over impaired driving charge

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A Wake County school bus driver has quit after being accused of driving his bus under the influence of alcohol.

Donald Edward Eli, 60, was charged by Raleigh police on May 20 with driving a school bus after consuming alcohol and driving impaired in a commercial vehicle. Eli resigned Thursday, according to district spokeswoman Lisa Luten.

Eli was hired in July 2019 amid a nationwide shortage of bus drivers that continues to plague Wake. Some bus lines do not operate due to lack of available drivers, forcing families to provide their own transport for the day.

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Raleigh Police say officers responded around 10:40 a.m. to a report of wreckage at Bellwood Drive and Cameron Street. There were no students on the bus at the time of the accident.

Eli was removed from his driving duties and suspended pending an investigation by the district.

“Our employees are held to the highest standards,” the district said in a statement during Eli’s arrest. “The district does not condone actions that are not aligned with these standards.”

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