School transportation director will not drive bus after DWI arrest

School transportation director will not drive bus after DWI arrest

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The transportation director for the Harrisburg School District will no longer drive a bus for the district following his arrest for DWI and speeding.

At 7:22 Saturday morning, a Jonesboro police officer stopped 49-year-old Andrew David Barrett of Jonesboro for doing 68 miles an hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, according to an initial incident report.

Officer Chris Perry "immediately detected a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle" when he contacted Barrett.

Perry noted that Barrett's eyes were "very glassy" as he "fumbled around for his wallet." The officer also stated that Barrett's speech was slurred.

Perry asked Barrett if he had been drinking. According to the report, Barrett said "last night."

When Barrett refused to take any of the field sobriety tests, the officer placed him in the back of the patrol car then called for a tow.

While doing an inventory on Barrett's GMC Sierra pickup truck, Perry said he found two bottles of Michelob Ultra beer in the middle console. One of the bottles was cold and half-full, Perry said.

"He [Barrett] stated he put them there because he didn't want me to see them," the report said.

Perry took Barrett to the Craighead County Detention Center and read him his DWI statement of rights.

"Barrett advised he understood his rights and refused to take the test," Perry said.

After a 20-minute observation period, Perry again asked Barrett if he would take a BAC test. Barrett said "no."

Perry cited Barrett with DWI, speeding, and refusal to submit and left him at the CCDC with a $950 surety bond.

Donn Mixon, attorney for the school district, told Region 8 News on Monday that Barrett is the district's transportation director but said Barrett will no longer drive a bus for the school. Barrett's job mostly consists of clerical work and he drove a bus on a fill-in basis, Mixon told Region 8 News.

Barrett is due in court in April. Mixon said the district is awaiting those findings before they decide anything further.

He said Barrett remains employed by the school district.

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