BOZEMAN - A federal magistrate judge has found a former charter bus driver guilty of taking a group of Bozeman middle school students on a field trip to Yellowstone National Park while drunk.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Judge Stephen Cole ruled against Jack Kane Parrent Jr. on Thursday. The judge also convicted Parrent of operating a commercial vehicle with a detectable amount of alcohol.

Parrent and co-defendant, Kevin Leon Stark, both of Bozeman, were working for Karst Stage in June when, after a night of drinking, they drove their buses loaded with Sacajawea Middle School students into the park.

Court records say Parrent had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, while Stark's was 0.032 percent.

Stark pleaded guilty to operating a commercial vehicle with a detectable amount of alcohol.

 

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