School bus operator guilty of driving under the influence, leaving scene

December 20, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The driver of a school bus involved in an accident April 11 while loaded with students from three Annapolis schools was found guilty yesterday of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.

Edward Manokey, 35, of the 600 block of Greenbriar Lane was sentenced to six months in the county jail with all but 30 days suspended.

District Judge Paul Hackner heard closing arguments from prosecutor Andrew Jezic and defense lawyer Keith Krissoff yesterday. The arguments followed five hours of testimony from Annapolis High School students, fellow bus drivers, the owner and secretary of the bus company and Annapolis police officers.

One driver testified that she noticed Manokey smelled strongly nTC of alcohol at 10: 45 a.m. April 11, Jezic said. School officials said Manokey drove the afternoon route, transporting students from West Annapolis and Germantown elementaries and Annapolis High School. The high school students testified that Manokey was driving recklessly, running red lights and hitting curbs as he took them home, Jezic said.

About 3 p.m., on his way to pick up children from Mills-Parole Elementary, Manokey swerved into the oncoming traffic lane in the 300 block of Washington St. and hit a 1978 Chrysler parked on the opposite side of the road.

He didn't stop and kept driving to the elementary school, where police caught up with him, took the students off the bus, and asked Manokey to get out of the bus. He refused to take a sobriety test and flailed his arms and began to walk away when told he was under arrest, police said.

The officers also testified that Manokey smelled strongly of alcohol. They said they found two empty 22-ounce bottles of Colt malt liquor in a bag behind the driver's seat when they searched the bus. One of the bottle caps was found under the gas pedal, police said.

Pub Date: 12/20/97

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