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Jun 04,2008
Working city bus driver charged with DUI
by UPI

TORONTO -- A Toronto Transit Commission bus driver was fired after police found his blood alcohol level was allegedly three times over the limit while he was working.

A frightened passenger called 911 Tuesday morning saying it appeared the driver was drunk, the Toronto Sun reported Wednesday.

Transit control radioed the driver to pull over, but after all of his passengers fled at one stop, he continued until police were able to pull him over, the Toronto Star said.

A roadside breathalyzer indicated a blood alcohol level more than three times the 0.08 limit, and a second, more comprehensive test at the police station showed the same, police said.

Brad Ross, director of TTC corporate communications, told the National Post the driver was fired immediately.

"The collective agreement allows for the TTC to immediately discharge an employee who is found to have consumed alcohol while on the job," he said.

The TTC union can appeal for his job to be reinstated with conditions, he said.

Satvinder Bisla, 48, will appear in court on July 29, the reports said.

Copyright © 2008, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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