Benton County sheriff: School bus driver cited for DUI, open bottle

Erik Richard Bonde Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Department
Erik Richard Bonde

January 11, 2019 01:30 PM

The Benton County Sheriff's Department reports a 46-year-old Rice man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI charges as he was preparing to operate a school bus.

A release said Rice police first made contact with Erik Richard Bonde around 1:30 p.m. Thursday concerning a suspended driver's license.

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Around 90 minutes later, according to the release, a Rice police officer learned Bonde had driven a van-sized school bus to Rice Elementary School and was currently in the driver's seat. A Rice police officer and Benton County deputies approached the bus and made contact.

The release alleges officers observed signs indicating Bonde was intoxicated, and that a breath test indicated his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. A container which held an alcoholic beverage was also allegedly found on the bus.

No students were in the bus while Bonde was operating it, the release said.

He was issued a citation for DUI and possessing an open bottle.

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