A suspected drunk driver from Mohave Valley, Arizona, was arrested Thursday after crashing his vehicle into a school bus on U.S. Highway 395, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No occupants of the bus were reported injured, the CHP noted.
Christopher Rufener, 32, of Mohave Valley, Arizona, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado pickup in the fast lane of northbound U.S. Highway 395 at about 1:44 p.m. when he attempted to pass a school bus, loaded with multiple school-aged children, which was in the slow lane, according to the CHP.
“Due to Rufener’s state of intoxication, he caused the pickup to swerve to the right and crash into the left side of the school bus,” the CHP reported Thursday.
Immediately following the crash, Rufener drove away from the crash scene without making proper notifications. Personnel from Bishop Police Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, and Bishop CHP arrived on scene and learned no occupants of the bus were injured during the crash.
Several minutes later, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department located Rufener and his pickup near W. Line Street and See-Vee Lane.
Rufener was placed under arrest by Bishop CHP on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and he was booked into Inyo County Jail.
This incident is still under investigation by Bishop CHP.