A Palm Coast area school bus driver already facing DUI charges reportedly showed up to his hearing late and under the influence on Monday.
60-year-old Mark Michael McNeill was set to face felony charges for driving under the influence with 40 middle school children on his bus in February.
During the hearing, Judge Terence Perkins noticed that McNeill seemed impaired and questioned McNeill about his state.
McNeill denied being under the influence, but when the judge ordered him to undergo testing, McNeill allegedly confessed:
“You know what? I am impaired.”
According to court records, though the judge recommended McNeill be tested, he was not tested because he refused to provide a “significant urine” sample.
McNeill was initially arrested on February 10th after a Flagler County school district employee contacted police after noticing McNeill’s breath smelled like alcohol at the bus depot.
Officials say while under the influence, McNeill picked up 40 Buddy Taylor Middle School students in a bus that was not assigned to him and dropped them off at their corresponding locations.
When officials caught up with McNeill “he exited the bus and fell to the ground complaining he couldn’t breathe.”
He was taken to an area hospital where he attempted to flee the area.
His court date has been rescheduled for Wednesday.
He is facing felony charges of child neglect and DUI and resisting an officer without violence.