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West Fargo bus driver pleads guilty to DUI

News Fargo,North Dakota 58102
West Fargo bus driver pleads guilty to DUI
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

The bus driver who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving just before picking up children at a West Fargo elementary school in February pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Steve Sauer, 59, pleaded guilty in West Fargo Municipal Court to actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, said his attorney, Willie Kirschner.

Sauer was fined $550 and ordered to do 40 hours of community service.

Sauer was arrested after his bus left 32nd Avenue West on Feb. 2 and became stuck in the snow.

Tests later showed Sauer had a blood alcohol level of 0.27 percent at the time of the incident.

After his arrest, Sauer was fired from Valley Bus Co., a company that contracts for school bus service with the West Fargo School District.