BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Melbourne bus driver was arrested for being drunk behind the wheel after officers found a red plastic mug next to the driver’s seat that smelled like alcohol, police said.
Edgardo Dobles, 41, is a driver for Space Coast Area Transit‘s 23 Route, which mostly serves Palm Bay.
Melbourne police said Dobles had just completed his route and was heading back to the bus yard when he was pulled over around 9 p.m. Thursday. Someone had called to report the bus was swerving, police said.
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Police said Dobles denied having alcohol, but he had bloodshot eyes, his breath smelled like alcohol and he was wobbling on one foot.
Officers also found a red plastic mug next to Dobles’ seat that was full of a liquid that police said smelled like alcohol.
Police said Dobles refused to take any of the field sobriety tests.
Police said there were no passengers on board the bus at the time officers stopped him, but they did not say when the alleged drinking may have started or if any passengers had been on the bus at that time.
“He has our lives in his hands, let alone other drivers. It’s kind of scary,” said Alissa Goodman, who rides the bus five days a week, including the 23 Route.
The county said Dobles was hired in February and passed pre-employment screenings. Dobles has been suspended from driving duties, the county said.