- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A Denver-area public bus driver arrested for driving under the influence while on duty has been sentenced to a year in jail.

A judge on Monday also ordered 50-year-old Darren Pettee (Pet-TEE’), a contract driver for the Regional Transportation District, to undergo alcohol treatment as part of his sentence.

Prosecutors say Pettee had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit, four hours after he was removed from his bus on Sept. 1. A passenger reported he ran a stop sign and was driving recklessly.

Pettee pleaded guilty in November to attempting to endanger public transportation and DUI-fourth offense.

He must also complete two years of DUI probation as part of his sentence. If he’s successful, he can avoid a second year in jail.

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