Police: Nashua school bus driver arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana before taking students on Mass. field trip

Police: Nashua school bus driver arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana before taking students on Mass. field trip: Police in Chelmsford, Mass., arrested a school bus driver from Nashua on Tuesday morning after high school students getting on the bus complained about a strange odor on board.The smell, according to police, turned out to be marijuana.The bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz of Nashua, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana, driving negligently as to endanger and reckless endangerment, according to a news release.School administrators called Chelmsford Police Tuesday morning after several high school students told a teacher that there was a strange odor on a bus they had boarded in order to go on a field trip, police said.”The teacher immediately notified the principal who boarded the bus with other administrators and could clearly smell the odor of marijuana,” police said. “The students were taken off the bus and brought to the cafeteria.”Officers arrived and determined Mahfuz was under the influence of marijuana.”An investigation also determined that while Mahfuz had not driven any of the morning bus routes at the Chelmsford Public Schools on Tuesday, he had just finished a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School before arriving at Chelmsford High School,” according to authorities. “Chelmsford Police have reached out to the Tyngsborough (Mass.) Police Department, where that school is located.”The bus company, North Reading Transportation Inc., is cooperating with the school department and the Chelmsford Police Department on the investigation.The company sent a supervisor to the scene and a new bus driver took the students on the field trip.Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney praised the high school students for speaking up.”I cannot overstate the role played by the students today in ensuring their safety on the roads,” Spinney said. “They knew something was not right, and they spoke up right away, alerting school administrators. I commend these students for their role in stopping a dangerous situation from unfolding.”

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