Bus driver accused of driving drunk fired from school district

John Dahlheimer (Source: Sharonville Police Department)
John Dahlheimer (Source: Sharonville Police Department)

SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - The Northwest Local School District bus driver accused of driving drunk while he was dropping students off has been fired.

The school district held a disciplinary hearing with 61-year-old John Dahlheimer Monday afternoon.

Sharonville Police say that Dahlheimer crashed his bus into two parked trucks carrying trailers after dropping off 33 Colerain band members and four chaperones at Princeton High School on Thursday. He blood alcohol level registered at .229, which is over five times the legal limit of .04 for commercial drivers in Ohio. Police say he was visibly impaired and had liquor and prescription drugs.

He was the only person on the bus at the time of the crash and no one was in the two vehicles he struck.

After details of the bus crash were reviewed, the school district terminated his employment. The NWLSD Board of Education will confirm his termination at the Oct. 25 School Board meeting.

Dahlheimer was charged with OVI, child endangerment, possession of drugs, and having an open container of alcohol.

John Dahlheimer had a prior OVI conviction from 1992 in Hamilton County. Somehow it was not detected in his background check when he was hired by the school district  in 1997.

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