Intoxicated driver hits Cleveland Public Schools bus carrying high school band; no one injured

A group of students is safe and one man is in jail after an overnight bus accident in Cleveland.

Just after midnight, the Cleveland High School band was traveling northbound on Hwy 64 after the school's playoff game against Pouteau, when a second vehicle traveling southbound crossed into its lane and collided with the bus.

The impact sent the bus into the west guardrail on Cedar Creek Bridge.

"The bus almost went into the ravine," said Cleveland Police Chief Clint Stout said.

Police say the driver of the second vehicle, Joseph Garen Chapman, 33, left the scene immediately following the incident, but later returned to turn himself in.

Stout said Chapman smelled of alcohol and police administered a field sobriety test. Halfway through the test, Chapman refused to continue and told officers to "just put me down as drunk."

Chapman was charged with a felony DUI (subsequent or second offense), driving under suspension, driving without insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident with damage.

The bus was carrying 28 students and two adults. No injuries were reported.

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