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Long Island School Bus Driver Faces DWI Sentencing

Robert Stundis (credit: Suffolk County PD)

Robert Stundis (credit: Suffolk County PD)

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island school bus driver accused of driving while intoxicated is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

Robert Stundis, 48, of Bohemia was arrested on Oct. 10 after police pulled him over on the Long Island Expressway after numerous 911 callers noticed a mini-bus swerving in and out of lanes with a blown front tire.

Police said Stundis had a half-empty bottle of vodka in the bus and registered a blood-alcohol level of .23, nearly triple the legal limit.

No students were aboard the bus because Stundis had dropped off the last child passenger about a half hour before his arrest.

Stundis’ arrest and two other incidents involving school bus drivers on Long Island prompted calls for new safety measures that would put Breathalyzers and ignition interlock devices in all school buses in New York.

The ignition interlock devices would prevent the bus from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath.