Columbus police have released the name of the taxi driver who was charged with driving under the influence of narcotics in the Monday morning school bus crash on Steam Mill Road that ended without injuries.
John Reynolds, 31, faces one count each of DUI, driving too fast for conditions, following to close and failure to wear a safety belt. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail.
Columbus police were called to the intersection of Steam Mill Road and Steam Mill Place around 8 a.m. Monday to investigate a crash involving a taxi cab and school bus.
Authorities said Reynolds was driving a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria north on Steam Mill Road and behind a Muscogee County school bus that was stopped with its lights flashing near Steam Mill Place. Officials said Reynolds then struck the rear of the bus, which had 20 occupants on board.
According to a police report, Reynolds said he tried to stop, but the road was wet and slippery. He allegedly reported that his vehicle slid and struck the bus.
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