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MegaBus Driver Charged With Repeat DUI While On Duty

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First Posted: 10/24/11 11:46 AM ET Updated: 12/24/11 05:12 AM ET

The Chicago driver of a MegaBus due for Iowa City and Des Moines was pulled over and arrested for drunken driving Friday night.

Carl Smiley, 52, of Chicago, was pulled over by an Iowa State trooper on Interstate 80 near Iowa City and was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after smelling of alcohol, admitting to drinking and failing a sobriety test, the AP reports.

According to court records, this would be Smiley's second drunken driving offense.

According to the Press-Citizen, one passenger said he noticed the bus swerving but figured it was the wind blowing the bus around.

After Smiley was transported to the Johnson County Jail, MegaBus representatives were tasked with finding alternate arrangements to help the bus's approximately 70 passengers reach their destinations.

A spokesman for the company said Smiley has been a MegaBus driver for about a year and has "been very reliable and we've had no reason to doubt his abilities as a driver," the Press-Citizen reports. He added that a company investigation is currently underway.

Photo by Andrew Ciscel via Flickr.

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