Former M-S school bus driver facing July jury trial for alleged DUI

Former M-S school bus driver facing July jury trial for alleged DUI

MONTICELLO — A Mahomet man who allegedly drove a school bus filled with students and coaches while under the influence of drugs is due back in court in June.

Marvin R. Bell, 69, on Tuesday made his first appearance in Piatt County Circuit Court and was arraigned on a single count of driving under the influence of drugs, a Class A misdemeanor.

Bell was arrested by Illinois State Police on Interstate 72 near White Heath on Jan. 22 about 8:40 p.m. after reports that the bus had been seen allegedly driving erratically through Decatur.

Bell was driving about 33 students and coaches from the Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School wrestling team back to Mahomet from a meet in Mount Zion.

Judge Jeremy Richey informed Bell that if convicted, his maximum penalty would be up to 364 days in jail. Bell remains free on bond and was told to be back in court for a pretrial hearing June 11, with a tentative trial date of July 1.

Bell resigned from his bus driver position Jan. 29, according to school board records.

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