Somers school bus driver appears in court on DWI charges

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A Somers school bus driver accused of driving drunk with students aboard appeared in court Monday.

State police say William Mendez, 61, was transporting children from Somers Intermediate School when he was stopped last month on Dec. 9

Officers say the 61-year-old's blood alcohol content was more than .2%. He has been charged with DWI and aggravated DWI, which is a felony under New York's Leandra's Law.

He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Parents tell News 12 that Mendez has a history of poor driving. News 12 has confirmed that in last year October when he was driving his school bus, the rear of his bus hit a parked car. There were no injuries or arrests after the accident.

Parents waited outside the courthouse, expressing disappointment and anger.

"He's been our bus driver for over eight years. My daughter was on his bus previously so it's a big betrayal for our families we felt like we knew well," says Thomasone Mastrantoni.

Mendez is currently in an alcohol treatment program and his license has been suspended.

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