HOLMESVILLE, Ohio - A man previously arrested for operating a bus under the influence was arrested for his second OVI on Tuesday.
In November, Kenyon Conner had alcohol in his system when he was driving a bus full of West Holmes High School students, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
ONN's Cristin Severance spoke to one woman, whose daughter was on the bus and was scared for her life.
"The first text message from her was ‘I think my bus driver is high.' And I thought she was kidding," Jenn Wiggs said. Wiggs' daughter said the driver almost hit a car and kept closing his eyes. "He slammed on the brakes and that's when several kids flew into the seats in front of them."
Conner spent about a month in jail and was released on Saturday, but he soon found himself in police custody again. On Tuesday night, he was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to control a vehicle and failure to report an accident.
Nathan Friz with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office said they received multiple calls about a possible drunk driver on state Route 60. The sheriff's office said Conner hit a utility police and drove off the side of the road, but he just kept going.
"Well, someone hit a telephone pole, broke it off and kept on going," a man told 911 dispatchers. "The license plate is here in the yard."
Another call from a resident led sheriff's deputies to Township Road 55. According to deputies, Conner's front tire was flat and they were able to follow his tire tracks on the dirt road.
"There is a guy who is completely drunk. He almost hit us head-on. He's driving. He has no tires. He must have hit a tree. The frontend of his car is gone. He's got a bloody nose," a woman told dispatchers. "He's got no front bummer, no front tires. He's bleeding."
While still being pursued by deputies, Conner hit an embankment, lost control of his truck and ended up in a ditch, Friz said.
Holmes County Sheriff's deputies finally caught up with Conner at his house, where they saw him getting out of a pick-up truck. Friz said officers performed a field sobriety test and tested Conner's blood-alcohol content at a hospital, which came back .331. That's four times the legal limit.
Conner remains in the Holmes County Jail at this time.