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Ex-Berkeley school bus driver faces alcohol charge

MARTINSBURG -- A former Berkeley County school bus driver faces an alcohol charge stemming from an accident in February.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., reports that 61-year-old Sam Lee Newton of Martinsburg is charged with operating a commercial vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of .04 or greater. He was arraigned Saturday in magistrate court.

According to a criminal complaint, a school bus driven by Newton went through the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the entrance to the Berkeley County school bus garage and hit one of the disabled vehicles.

Court documents show Newton's blood alcohol content was .072.

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said Newton retired the day after the accident.


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