A bus driver suspected of being drunk while he had students on board had his case called in provincial court in St. John’s this morning.
Robert James Whelan, 72, wasn’t in court, but was represented by his lawyer, Rosellen Sullivan.
Sullivan and the Crown agreed to postpone the case until Feb. 28.
There were four high school students on the bus when Whelan was arrested on Dec. 4 last year. It happened at a stop en route to Bishops College in St. John’s.
Police received an anonymous tip just before 8 a.m. that day about a possible impaired school bus driver in the area of Old Bay Bulls Road.
Whelan was released from custody shortly after his arrest. He has been charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
Whelan was employed by City Wide, a private contractor, and it is believed he has been a driver for a number of years.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has suspended Whelan from driving school bus routes.