DUDLEY, Mass. — A Massachusetts school bus driver who backed his bus into a utility pole with 11 students on board has been acquitted of drunken driving charges.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/2srDhUa ) reports that Scott Poirier (POH’-ree-ay), of Dudley, was also found not guilty Tuesday of child endangerment, but was convicted of negligent driving in connection with the February 2016 crash. A judge ordered him to pay $500 in fines and assessments.

Authorities say he was on his afternoon drop-off route with high school and middle school students on board when he struck the pole, which brought down power lines. No one was injured.

Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit to drive, but Poirier denied drinking and said he had taken liquid cold medications.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com