ADAMS COUNTY - The Adams 12 school bus driver arrested for driving the bus while intoxicated pleaded guilty to DWI on Monday.
Burt Carpenter was driving 37 students and four adults from Mountain Range High School in Westminster on Sept. 21 when he was arrested with a blood-alcohol content of .213.
Carpenter was charged with DUI, DUI per se, 37 counts of child abuse, five counts of reckless endangerment, careless driving, failing to drive in a single lane and failing to stop a school bus at a railroad crossing.
9Wants to Know previously discovered Carpenter was forced out of nursing in Colorado over substance abuse issues. He was fired from the Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in April 2012.
An investigation revealed he'd been taking out medications in patients' names and never giving them the drugs. He admitted to have a drug problem.
Within three months, he was hired by the Adams 12 school district, long before the disciplinary action against him showed up in the state's public database. Carpenter gave up his nursing license.
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