School bus driver charged after students smoke pot

htrenda@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Brian Overcash

COURTESY OF LANDIS POLICE DEPARTMENT

A school bus driver in Rowan County was arrested Friday after police said he allowed middle school students to smoke marijuana on more than one occasion while on board.

Brian Overcash, the driver of bus #162, has been charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Landis Police Department.

Officers responded to Corriher-Lipe Middle School on Feb. 20 after assistant principal Matt Krome called 911. Krome told police that after Overcash had completed his route that day, he told Krome that several students on the bus had been smoking pot.

School bus drivers are supposed to immediately pull over and call 911 if a crime has occurred, Krome told officers, and Overcash did neither.

“Although Overcash admitted that he personally observed the students smoking on the bus, he stated to investigators that he felt there was ‘no point’ in stopping the bus and calling 911 because the students would deny it,” police said.

Further investigation by the school resource officer found that students had smoked pot on Overcash’s bus two or three times previously, according to officials.

The investigation identified four students who had smoked on the bus, police said.

The case was reviewed with the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office and police arrested and charged Overcash Friday. He was released after meeting his $1,000 secured bond.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda

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