NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released the traffic stop video of troopers arresting a Lowcountry driver for DUI after pulling his school bus over.
The Feb. 19 video shows Highway Patrol in Newberry County stopping a bus driven by 50-year-old Brent Patrick Carter who authorities say eventually admitted to troopers that he drank three-quarters of a gallon of bourbon the night before.
According to authorities, the traffic stop was initiated after the school bus was seen with no lights on, and nearly struck another trooper's vehicle.
When troopers pulled the bus over, Carter failed to put the bus in park causing it to roll back and nearly strike the trooper's vehicle, a report states.
During the stop, troopers are seen administering sobriety tests when one of them notices that Carter's balance is off.
In the video, Carter replies that he had recently undergone a health screening and had a difficult time during the process.
He also initially denied having consumed any alcohol, and told troopers that he had taken medication that morning.
Troopers reported that Carter appeared unsteady on his feet and had food spilled on his shirt. He had also spilled a drink near the driver's seat and it had also spilled down the stairs, according to a report. Troopers also said Carter appeared lethargic with slow, slurred speech, and his pupils were unusually small and his eyes bloodshot.
The video also shows one of the chaperones speaking to troopers and reporting that Carter kept striking rumble strips as he was driving, and his eyelids kept drooping down.
The chaperone said she and two others sat in the front of the bus and began to ask Carter if he was okay and that he needed to stop the bus.
According to the chaperone, they were trying to keep Carter awake because he seemed "very sleepy." They then stopped stopped to have dinner.
However, the chaperone said when they got back on the road they were subsequently pulled over for not having headlights on. In addition, investigators say Carter took a corner so sharp that he almost ran into another state trooper's vehicle.
After being arrested and read his Miranda rights, he provided a breath sample of .18, more than twice the legal limit, troopers say.
He also then stated he consumed approximately three-quarters of a gallon of bourbon the night before and had taken medication at noon.
The students onboard the bus were turned over to Berkeley County school officials and DSS was notified.