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Denver-area bus driver accused of driving route while drunk due to appear in court

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DENVER — A Denver-area bus driver accused of driving his route while drunk is due to appear in court.

Darren Pettee (Pet-TEE'), a contract driver for the Regional Transportation District, was arrested Sept. 1, Labor Day, after a passenger reported that he ran a stop sign and was driving recklessly.

He was re-arrested Friday after Denver prosecutors said they would file a felony charge of endangering public transportation rather than just a misdemeanor DUI charge. They allege that Pettee has had at least two prior DUI offenses.

Court documents say his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested. He allegedly told authorities that he thought he had consumed a half gallon of vodka the day before his arrest.

He hasn't commented on the allegations.

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