A charter bus driver is accused of driving while intoxicated when shuttling the George Washington High School swim team in San Francisco.
The High School swim team in San Francisco had just finished strong at a high school swim meet in the Bay Point district. They were riding the charter bus back to their campus in the Outer Richmond, and that’s when the swim coach noticed something wasn’t right. NBC Bay Area reported.
In cellphone video shot by coach Danny Camacho, he is heard telling the charter bus driver, Aaron Friedman, the bus ahead can’t move because it’s at a red light. Swim coach says he started shooting video because he noticed the driver acting really weird.
“He ran a red light on the Market Street, and then he started following a Transit bus too close,” Camacho said.
The coach also heard the bus driver cursing and then starting to slur his speech.
“I’m a professional driver,” Friedman told coach in the video.
That’s when swim coach decided to go to the back of the bus and call for help.
“Just when I was talking to 911, he decides to make a U-turn on Sixth Street and Geary Boulevard,” Camacho said. “And as he was making the U turn with his big bus, he made a wide turn and hit a phone pole.”
The charter bus driver then suddenly stopped and went to the restroom in the back of the bus. The coach then decided to get his high school swim team members off the bus.
Friedman pleaded not guilty in court, but according to the district attorney’s office, he has to wear an alcohol monitor. He is not allowed to drive, and he has a protective order against him on behalf of the teens on the bus.
The swim coach said most of his students didn’t realize what was happening until the bus hit the phone pole.
“Everybody’s fine. Luckily nobody got hurt,” he said.