San Diego County bus driver, David Joseph Costello was charged with putting the lives of his passengers in danger by driving under the influence. The incident occurred in both Encinitas and Carlsbad. He was arrested June 1st after a bus passenger called 911 saying they felt the driver seemed “intoxicated.” According to Sheriff’s Sergeant, Thomas Yancey, the driver failed a variety of sobriety tests.
Costello has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor—drunken driving, a misdemeanor charge of commercial driver DUI and two misdemeanor counts of public intoxication from unrelated incidents. Drivers convicted of misdemeanor or felony DUI can/may receive the following:
• Time in a county jail or state prison
• A fine; penalty assessment and restitution
• Mandatory drinking and driving treatments
• Vehicle impoundment or possible forfeiture
• License restriction, suspension or revocation
• Ignition interlock device requirement
Costello drove for First Transit, a private company which inherited bus operations for the publicly funded North County Transit District (NCTD), a mere three months. The NCTD is responsible for public transportation in North San Diego County, California. The agency operates the “Breeze” (a bus), the “Sprinter” light rail service (between Oceanside and Escondido) as well, manages the San Diego Coaster which is a commuter rail service between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego, which works closely with Amtrak in its services offered.
While there is no telling how this case will proceed, or how much time he will serve for his DUI; one can rest assured this driver should see some serious punishment and a number of penalties for his irresponsibility.