School bus driver arrested after crash for being under the influence


By Star Advertiser staff  –  Aug 08, 2013

Police arrested a 74-year-old bus driver after he crashed a school bus with children onboard into a boat in Kapaa this morning while allegedly under the influence of an intoxicant. 

At about 7:20 a.m., Kauai police dispatch received calls that the bus enroute to Kapaa Middle School appeared to be swerving on the roadway. Police located and saw the bus swerving on Kamalu Road, according to a news release by the Kauai Police Department. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Olohena Road near the Puuopae Road junction. 

The bus driver, Lawrence Koth, of Kapaa, attempted to pull to the shoulder of the roadway when it sideswiped a parked boat and trailer, police said.

Police said Koth and four Kapaa Middle students aboard the bus were not injured. 

Police arrested Koth for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant after he failed a sobriety test. He was released after posting bail.