- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A charter bus driver who drove high school students to the Class 3A state championship football game has been charged with driving under the influence.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol tells media outlets that 56-year-old Robert Michael Hoskinson was arrested Friday evening in Cookeville after failing a sobriety test.

Hoskinson worked for Nashville-based Wise Coaches and was driving Christ Presbyterian Academy students to Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville for the championship football game. He was arrested on charges of DUI, possession of alcohol in a motor coach (open container) and reckless endangerment of 56 students.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the students were safely returned home via Putnam County district school buses.

Hoskinson has been scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.

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