School bus driver was drunk with 50 kids on board, charges say

A Sauk Centre man is facing criminal charges.
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Students in Sauk Centre were extremely fortunate to escape injury after their school bus driver drove them home drunk.

Up to 50 children were on board the Sauk Centre Public Schools bus operated by 63-year-old Thomas Bromen, who was arrested after giving a breath-alcohol reading of 0.16 on Monday, shortly after completing his afternoon bus route.

The legal limit for operating a commercial motor vehicle is 0.04.

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According to the criminal complaint, Bromer arrived for his route at 2:30 p.m., with three complaints submitted to the Sauk Centre Public Schools transportation director as he carried out his route.

The first came from a daycare provider, who said Bromen forgot todrop off two students, with another daycare provider calling a short time later to say he'd missed another drop-off.

The third complaint came from a truck driver who said he had been cut off by the bus, which he then saw run a red light.

The transportation director asked Bromen if he'd been drinking when he returned, and he admitted he'd been driving drunk with the kids.

Police were called, with the officer noting Bromen's "bloodshot and watery eyes" and an "overwhelming odor of alcohol."

He is facing three charges including alcohol-related school bus driving.

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