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Report: Goose Creek bus driver drank 3/4 of a gallon of bourbon before arrest

An incident report released Tuesday is providing more information about the arrest of a Goose Creek High School coach.

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested 50-year-old Brent Carter Sunday in Newberry County. They say when he was taken to the county jail he admitted to drinking 3/4 of a gallon of bourbon the night before his arrest.

Officials say a trooper pulled over the activity bus full of students and at least three chaperones after watching it drive the wrong way down Highway 34 in Newberry with no headlights.

The report states when the trooper approached the bus, it nearly backed into his patrol car because it wasn't placed into park. The trooper also states in the report Carter was uneasy on his feet, had food spilled on his shirt and a drink was spilled on the bus and down the stairs near the door.

"He was very lethargic and his speech was slow and slurred," the report states. "His pupils were unusually small as well, and his eyes were bloodshot."

The report stats chaperones on the bus told the officer they were frightened.

"...His driving was so bad that she and others on board were afraid. She stated he kept running off the road and driving on the rumble strips on the interstate," the report states, referencing a conversation with one of the chaperones.

Officials say Carter provided a breath sample of .18 at the Newberry County jail. The legal limit in SC is .08.

Tuesday afternoon officials with Berkeley County School District said he was no longer employed.

Full statement released by the school district

"Mr. Brent Carter is no longer an employee of the Berkeley County School District (BCSD). Mr. Carter’s employment with BCSD ended on February 21, 2017.

Mr. Carter was employed by BCSD for 13 years, beginning in August 2003. Over the course of his employment, Mr. Carter worked as a study hall aide, an in school suspension aide, a computer lab assistant and a B team football coach for Goose Creek High School.

All BCSD employees are subject to the highest standards of background clearance, to include a SLED and sex offender registry check. Any employee who seeks to operate a school bus is required to pass an additional layer of clearance that includes driver trainings, a 3-year MVR review and a pre-employment drug test. Additionally, any employee approved to operate a school bus is subject to random drug testing and must receive certification from the South Carolina State Department of Education to operate a school bus with children present.

Appropriate Berkeley County School District personnel are fully cooperating with law enforcement and will not be providing additional details or statements concerning the ongoing investigation."

The activity bus Carter was driving was returning to Goose Creek from a theater/drama club event.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to develop this story.


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