The Birmingham News reports that William Churchill McCarty, 50, has been charged by Hoover police with driving under the influence in the wake of a collision with a school bus last Tuesday.
Several witnesses noticed McCarty driving erratically in his pickup truck. McCarty’s truck swerved into the oncoming lane and hit the front corner of the school bus.
McCarty was taken immediately into custody. Police revealed that he had been charged with DUI later that day.
The accident occurred at approximately 8 a. m. The bus was on its way to Simmons Middle School. The bus driver and one student were taken to UAB Hospital and Children’s Hospital, but it seems that neither sustained serious injuries.
Depending on the nature of the injuries sustained by the bus driver and student, and the extent of the damage to the bus itself, McCarty could face additional penalties beyond a basic DUI charge, including higher fines and more jail time. In such cases, the services of an aggressive attorney are urgently needed to protect the legal rights of the accused.