NEW INFO: Man Driving Stolen School Bus Charged With DWI

Police say a homeless man has been charged with DWI after they stopped a stolen school bus from Virginia.

New Bern police say they stopped 27-year-old Samuel Mullenhauer around 8 p.m. Saturday night.

Chesapeake Schools spokesman Tom Cupitt says the bus was stolen from Joliff Middle School. He says they believe the bus might have been hot-wired.

New Bern police say a person called 911 saying the bus drove through a railroad crossing in Bridgeton and had its crossing arm out, causing it to hit a bridge.

An officer spotted the bus and saw it weaving within the lane. Police stopped it at the intersection of Trent Creek and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Records show Mullenhauer had a blood alcohol level of .09.

Police say additional charges against Mullenhauer, who last lived in Louisa, Virginia, are expected.

He was the only person on the bus when it was stopped.


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  • by OMG Location: Greenville on Apr 25, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    To TRUTH: Honestly get a life. Does it really matter what kind of bus it was, the bottom line is that the guy stole the bus and drove across state lines. You know just a little bit too much detail. This is a comment site not a lecturing site about what you think you know.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    There are 3 lenoir county school busses older that the one in the picture going by my house twice a day monday-friday most every week 8 months a year.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    Gaze upon the face of a real criminal mastermind, because who would notice a VA. SCHOOL BUS weaving all over the road in New Bern.? Idiot
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      by Dave on Apr 25, 2011 at 02:49 PM in reply to jerry
      Maybe he thought it was a giant black/yellow bumble-bee. Still doesn't match Otis riding the cow!
  • by noneya Location: Bern on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    I live in the area of the traffic stop and came up on it on my way home. The bus appeared to be a much older model. NBPD are just following through and ensuring that it was not a bus currently in use through their school systems. Not all school systems have been able to purchase newer and fancier buses like Craven County has been able to do in the past few years. Alot of counties sell buses, police cruisers, etc.. at auctions and it could very well be that this is the case of this VA bus in NC.
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      by Truth on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:07 PM in reply to noneya
      Actually noneya, the counties do not purchase the buses. The state purchases all school buses for NC and distributes them out to the counties as they need them based on mileage of their fleet and condition of their fleet. No one county gets "better" or "different" buses than any other county. If a county is fairly rural, then they may get buses on a less frequent bases than a more populated county. NC Public School Buses are sold in the counties they work in when they are finished based on age, mileage, condition. The bus in the picture is a late 90's or very early 2000's model based on its design. It is definately a VA school bus with the black rails and I can see it still has its VA off white government tag on it. Counties in NC only purchase new school buses when they are an addition to the fleet. Replacement buses are all state purchased.
  • by Rocket Science on Apr 24, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    If he was given permission to drive the bus by someone, then that person can also be charged with DWI (aiding and abetting to DWI), and possibly other charges. So the police are doing their job.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Apr 24, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    Let's see a virginia school bus 125 miles from virginia in N.C and we want to see if the bus driver had permission.give me a break.
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