At about 9 AM on Monday, Officer Michael Livingston responded to the area of Ridge Avenue and Somerset Avenue for a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus that did not have any passengers on it.
“Upon arrival, Officer Livingston learned that the operator of the bus, 54-year-old Mark Waldhelm of Howell NJ, had collided with a parked 2001 Saturn while traveling west on Ridge Avenue,” Detective Lieutenant Greg Staffordsmith said.
As a result of the impact, the Saturn was pushed approximately 30 feet west of its parked location.
As Officer Livingston was speaking to Waldhelm, he noticed that he was swaying from side to side, spoke slowly, and his speech was slurred.
The bus driver had reportedly just dropped off children, and was making another run.
As a result, he was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI, Reckless Driving and Careless Driving. He was released a short time later pending a future court date.