School bus hits boat in Kapaa, driver arrested for OVUII

Published: Aug. 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM HST
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Lawrence Koth
Lawrence Koth

KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai police arrested a 74-year-old Kapaa man Thursday morning for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII) after he crashed a school bus into a boat.

It is not known at this time if the intoxicant was alcohol.

Lawrence Koth was driving the bus to Kapaa Middle School when citizens reported to Police Dispatch that the bus appeared to be swerving on the roadways.

Police located the bus at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Kamalu Road and observed the vehicle weaving. Officers then initiated a traffic stop on Olohena Road, near the Puuopae Road junction. The bus was attempting to pull to the shoulder of the roadway when it sideswiped a parked boat and trailer.

Koth and the four Kapaa Middle School students who were on the bus at the time of incident did not report any injuries. Police worked with Department of Education (DOE) officials to notify the students' parents and have them all safely transported to school.

Koth failed an initial sobriety test while on scene and was subsequently arrested for OVUII. He was later released from custody after posting bail.

The incident remains under police investigation.

"We'd like to thank the citizens who immediately notified police when they recognized the bus weaving on the road," stated Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Ale Quibilan. "Their efforts may have prevented a much more serious incident from occurring."

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