Calcasieu school bus driver accused of DWI - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu school bus driver charged with DWI

Matthew Oliver Richard (Source: Louisiana State Police) Matthew Oliver Richard (Source: Louisiana State Police)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

A substitute Calcasieu Parish school bus driver is accused of driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D, on Monday, shortly before 8 a.m., a state trooper spotted a speeding school bus traveling south on La. 27 about six miles south of DeQuincy in Calcasieu Parish.

Troopers say the bus, registered to the Calcasieu Parish School Board, was also observed weaving and operating left of the highway's centerline.  

The trooper stopped the bus and determined that the driver, 26-year-old Matthew Oliver Richard, of Sulphur, was intoxicated.

Troopers say that Richard was arrested and submitted a breath sample to determine alcohol intoxication.

The result was .211g percent which is over 2 ½ times the legal limit in Louisiana, according to troopers.  

Troopers say that no children were on the bus at the time of the traffic stop. However, the investigation revealed that just a short time earlier, 49 children under 12 years of age were on the bus. Those children were dropped off to area schools and no injuries were reported, according to troopers.  

Troopers say that further investigation revealed that an open bottle of alcohol found in Richard's possession was stolen from an area supermarket earlier in the day.

Richard was charged with DWI with child endangerment, speeding 75 in a 55 mile per hour zone, improper lane usage, possession of an open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle and theft under $500.

Richard was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. 

CPSB Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson tells KPLC that Richard was just certified in early- to-mid-December and is no longer employed.

Parents are outraged that something like this could happen.

"I know it's hard to test them but when they do this they are endangering themselves and other people on the road and the kids," said Lois Parker.

"I have grandchildren and they don't ride the bus. But they could have been on it and something could have happened and we'd be after him," said Ruth Brown.

"I was actually on my way back from Sulphur this morning and I seen a state trooper pull a school bus over. I said to my friend he must have been going awful fast for a state trooper to pull him over. And then come to find out he was drunk. I think he should be made an example of and have to pay out of pocket. The School Board and everybody else should black ball him because these are our babies they are taking care of while we are not there," said Sylvia Smith.

At last check, Richard remains jailed in the Calcasieu Correctional Center with no bond set.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A wet week ahead for SW Louisiana

    Monday, May 29 2017 3:40 AM EDT2017-05-29 07:40:39 GMT
    Rainfall totals through SundayRainfall totals through Sunday
    Overall confidence on exact timing with regards to the highest rain chances this week is low since our storms will be directly associated to the development and placement of a series of larger scale thunderstorm complexes developing in other parts of the region that will send rain cooled outflow boundaries our direction, triggering additional showers and thunderstorms closer to home. In layman’s terms, our storms on Sunday resulted from outflow boundaries from thunderstorms tha...More >>
    Overall confidence on exact timing with regards to the highest rain chances this week is low since our storms will be directly associated to the development and placement of a series of larger scale thunderstorm complexes developing in other parts of the region that will send rain cooled outflow boundaries our direction, triggering additional showers and thunderstorms closer to home. In layman’s terms, our storms on Sunday resulted from outflow boundaries from thunderstorms tha...More >>
  • A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    Sunday, May 28 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-05-28 23:54:49 GMT

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>
  • Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-05-28 17:14:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly