School bus driver jailed after driving while high on drugs

School bus driver Levi Pryke who was jailed after driving while high on drugs

School bus driver Levi Pryke who was jailed after driving while high on drugs - Credit: Archant

A school bus driver who crashed into two cars on the way to school while high on drugs has been jailed.

Levi Pryke, 25, who appeared at Peterborough Crown Court today (Friday), admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from driving for two years.

The court heard how Pryke, of Dartford Road, March, was arrested after students reported his driving to staff at Peterborough Regional College on Wednesday, September 11.

He was driving the ‘Sun Fun’ single decker coach from Earith to Peterborough, took a wrong turn in Warboys, collided with a parked Ford Focus, carried on to Bury and crashed into a parked Renault Kangoo van.

One student said there was a ‘loud scraping and crunching sound and the bus shuddered’.

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He also missed two bus stops, causing the children to walk down the road to catch the bus.

When officers arrived at the depot they found Pryke’s speech was mumbled and his eyes were glazed.

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Following a breath test, PC Paddy Reeve, from the roads policing unit, carried out a Field Impairment Test which Pryke failed and he was arrested.

A blood test revealed traces of cocaine, cannabis and benzodiazepines.

PC Reeve said: “We will not tolerate drug driving and will prosecute anyone who gets behind the wheel with drugs in their system.

“His arrest on the day may have saved the life of another road user or member of the public as driving while under the influence of drugs will increase the risk of having an accident.

“Pryke was in a position of substantial responsibility with students as young as 16 and I’m glad to see that he has been given a custodial sentence and banned from driving.”

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