Prelim for Knox County school bus driver reset, arrested for DUI

Hollis Walker (source: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A preliminary hearing for a Knox County school bus driver was reset Thursday.

Hollis Walker,78, is charged with DUI after crashing a school bus in March. Also, he faces charges for DUI, reckless endangerment and simple possession.

There were 33 passengers on the bus, including students from Green Magnet School. Walker was transporting second grade students on a field trip.

Investigators say Walker claimed the bus’ front right tire came off the roadway. After not being able to return to the road, the bus hit a gate and then a fence. It eventually went into a ditch.

After arriving at Ft. Sanders Medical Center, investigators believe Walker was driving under the influence. The report says, the driver had 69 Klonpin pills in his possession. However, the prescription was not in his name.

No children were injured in the crash. According to a spokesperson for Knox County Schools, Walker is no longer eligible to be a driver. If he is found guilty, the district plans to make his ineligibility will become permanent.

He will appear in court August 22.

Related: Knox County school bus driver arrested for DUI after minor crash

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