Man arrested for DUI while driving 56 CPA students

Courtesy: Putnam County Sheriff's Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A bus driver transporting Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) football players to their state championship game was arrested for DUI and possession of an open container of alcohol.

On Friday, the CPA football team was driven from Nashville to Cookeville by three chartered buses for the TSSAA 3A state championship game against Alcoa High School.

The game was held at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the three buses were stopped right after they arrived at Tennessee Tech

The trooper who made the stop reportedly smelled alcohol on one of the drivers, 56-year-old Robert Hoskinson.

According to THP, Hoskinson had an open container of alcohol in the bus. The trooper said he located a personal bag on the bus’ front dash and said, “I found a bottle of vodka that was half empty. I also found a water bottle with a mixture of vodka and water.”

Hoskinson also reportedly failed a field sobriety test. The officer noted, “I asked when was the last time he drank anything and he said 3 a.m. this morning.”

Hoskinson was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment of 56 students and possession of alcohol on a motor coach.

He was booked into the Putnam County Jail Friday on $55,000 bond. He is due in court on Jan. 8, 2016.

Also during the traffic stop, the state trooper determined that two buses not driven by Hoskinson had “defective tires.” All three buses were taken out of service.

But the following Tuesday Dec. 8, the owner of the buses and Hoskinson’s employer, Wise Coaches, told News 2 the THP has since reversed their decision and found the tires did not meet Out of Service criteria. Click here to read their press release in full.

The company hired by the school to transport the team and released the following statement Monday:

Wise Coaches, Inc has elected to suspend Robert Hoskinson from any duties relating to Wise Coaches, Inc. operations based on the preliminary information provided by the Department Of Transportation. This matter is subject to an ongoing investigation.

The Putnam County Sheriff and Putnam County School System arranged transportation for the CPA team back to Nashville. Monday morning, the school’s headmaster, Nate Morrow, released a statement saying,

Student safety is our top priority, and we’re so grateful to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, the Putnam County Sheriff, and Putnam County School System for their gracious assistance in transporting our students safely back to Nashville.”

CPA lost the game Alcoa 20-0.

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