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Fritz Gerald Aubin, special-needs DCPS bus driver, charged with DUI and OWI

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A D.C. Public Schools bus driver was arrested earlier this month with on suspicion of driving under the influence while he was on duty, documents say.

Fritz Gerald Aubin, 55, was charged Thursday with both DUI and operating a vehicle while impaired while driving a school bus for special needs students.

It was just after 8 a.m. on Oct. 7 when the owners of the BP gas station on 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE say Aubin ran in wearing his uniform, asking for a gas can.

Aubin was stuck in the middle of the street, so the gas station attendant gave Aubin a red gas can. However, he needed diesel fuel, which requires a yellow gas can.

That raised the suspicion of nearby plainclothes D.C. police officers, who intervened.

In an sworn affadvit, police say they approached Aubin and found that his uniform was dirty. He also appeared nervous and was spilling gas all over the pavement. The officers then put Aubin through a battery of field sobriety tests.

During the tests, Aubin couldn’t walk in a straight line or count out loud, according to police. He also was unable to stand on one leg. When asked to take eight steps, he told the cops he had taken six, after which police immediately arrested him.

Neither D.C. Public Schools nor the Office of the State Superintendent of Education returned calls for comment on this arrest.

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