Drunk school bus driver sentenced

February 12, 2009 1:28:52 PM PST
A Monterey County judge on Wednesday sentenced an elementary school bus driver who pleaded guilty to driving more than 50 kids to school while drunk to six months in county jail, according to the district attorney's office.

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Frankie Mata, a former bus driver for the Alisal Union School District, pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 to one felony count of child endangerment and one count of driving drunk. The plea came after a Breathalyzer test showed him to be legally intoxicated on the morning of June 2, 2008, according to an statement released by Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo.

The school district reported the Breathalyzer test results to Salinas police, who arrested Mata and confirmed his intoxication, the district attorney's office reported.

Mata, whose blood-alcohol level was measured at .12 when the test was administered at about 10:30 a.m., was sentenced by Judge Russell Scott to six months in county jail and five years of probation, any violation of which could land him in state prison for up to six years, Flippo announced.

Flippo said Mata is no longer employed by the Alisal Union School District and can no longer hold a commercial driver's license.

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