- Associated Press - Monday, August 22, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has dropped charges against a former Knox County school bus driver suspected of being intoxicated during a crash.

News outlets report that Judge Geoff Emery on Monday granted prosecutors’ motion to dismiss charges of driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and simple possession against 78-year-old Hollis Clay Walker.

Toxicology tests after the March 10 crash were negative for drugs and alcohol.

Walker’s attorney, James A.H. Bell, says Walker suffered a “mini-stroke” when the school bus struck a gate and sideswiped a fence. None of the 26 students on board were hurt.

Walker was in possession of Klonopin pills at the time of the crash. Attorneys say the pills belonged to Walker’s girlfriend, who had surrendered herself at the Knox County jail earlier that day and couldn’t bring the pills with her.

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