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Bus driver charged with three DWI crimes

Updated: January 04, 2022 02:09 PM
Created: January 03, 2022 10:23 AM

A bus driver has been charged with three DWI crimes related to an alleged drunk driving incident from last week. Police say Shawn Zelazny, 47, had been behind the wheel of a bus transporting kids from the Denfeld basketball team up to Hibbing last week.

The criminal complaint says Zelazny's preliminary blood alcohol content was .218. The legal limit for bus and commercial drivers is .04.

The coach became concerned about his behavior, and managed to get Zelazny to pull over in Cotton. That's where he was arrested.

Coach Phill Homere said, "I really think this is a rare situation. But personally, in the future, I am definitely going to have more conversations with the driver before we just leave. The team is fine, it's the parents who are more worried. We have a game tomorrow in Hibbing."

He said the owner of the bus company came to drive the bus back, and told them Zelazny will no longer be working for them.

A check of court records shows one prior DWI conviction on his record.

A statement from the Lake Superior Coaches company reads as follows: 

"We are grateful for the individuals who took swift action in alerting law enforcement and emergency personnel. More importantly we are also very grateful no one was harmed by the driver’s incomprehensible actions as passenger safety is paramount and he is no longer employed by LCS Coaches.  LCS had no knowledge something like this may occur and we follow all DOT requirements and testing." 

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