HAYFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Stewartville man has been charged with a DUI after being caught driving a school bus full of students while under the influence of alcohol. The man was taking the group of summer school students from Stewartville to Hayfield when it all happened.
Fourth grade student Armando Vargas says, "He was going different ways and acting funny when he dropped us off."
Armando was on the bus when the Dodge County Sheriff's office got a call saying the driver was swerving over the center line.
Dodge County Sheriff Jim Jensen states, "At one point it went over far enough that an oncoming vehicle had to avoid it."
After dropping more than a dozen students off at summer school, deputies stopped Robert Mielke, 40, near Himle park in Hayfield.
Jensen goes on to say, "Talked with the driver, smelled an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath and then processed the driver for a DUI."
Mielke was charged with third degree DUI. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or higher. Under Minnesota law, the driver of a commercial vehicle requiring a CDL cannot drive any commercial vehicle with a alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or more.
Armando's mother, Guillermina Sandoval, talks about her son and says, "He can be injured. He can be in the hospital and who knows what else."
Luckily everyone on the bus was safe, but it was a frightening reality for the parents.
Sandoval says, "Me and my husband we are really disappointed. We are really mad. We are really concerned about going forward with this."
The Engle Bus Company in Stewartville called each of the parents to personally apologize. Mielke has been fired, but parents say that may not be enough.
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