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Local bus driver accused of driving bus drunk

A bus driver for Metro Transit was arrested Saturday in Brooklyn Center for driving his bus at six times the legal limit, reported the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reported that the driver was driving at three times the legal limit.

Passengers reported the driver, 46-year-old St. Paul native Alonzo V. Martin was running into curbs and driving erratically along Metro Transit's Route 5, which runs from the Brooklyn Center Transit Center to the Mall of America.

Both passengers and motorists following the bus reported Alonzo to the police around 9:40p.m. Saturday. (Star Tribune)

"We've never had an operator removed from service while under the influence," Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons said, speaking to the Pioneer Press.

Alonzo is currently on leave from Metro Transit. Alonzo had been employed at Metro Transit since Jan. 2008 and moved from part-time to full-time in Feb. 2009.

This was the first arrest of its kind for Metro Transit, a company which employs 1,400 bus drivers. (Pioneer Press)

Alonzo is expected to be charged with third-degree DWI and having an open bottle, said Brooklyn Center police Cmdr. Tim Gannon. (Star Tribune)