A Verona man is accused of driving a school bus while intoxicated, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday after three separate reports of a Badger Bus school bus driving erratically in the city and town of Verona. The callers reported the bus traveling at high speeds, weaving all over the road, running yellow traffic lights and crossing the center line, nearly striking an oncoming vehicle.
Deputies said they stopped the bus driver on Shady Oak Lane just north of County Road PD in the town of Verona. The driver, Matthew Frings, 25, denied using any alcohol or drugs, but failed field sobriety tests, according to the news release. He was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance or other drug. He was taken to Meriter Hospital for a blood draw.
A 10-year-old boy was on the bus, deputies said. Frings had picked up the boy to take him to school. Deputies said Frings faces an enhanced charge because a child was on board.