Passengers on a double-decker MegaBus coming through Monroe County on Saturday were frightened by their erratic bus driver and called 911, leading to the driver’s arrest on DUI charges on Saturday.
Sheriff Brad Freeman said the 911 center got a call from several passengers on a northbound Megabus on I-75 Saturday morning saying their driver was speeding and weaving erratically. Passengers also reported that the driver had made an unscheduled stop in Tifton and disappeared for five minutes. Passengers asked the driver if he was tired but he denied it.
Monroe County deputy Peyton Henderson found the Megabus and tried to make a traffic stop but the driver at first refused to stop. Deputy Willie Barkley joined the pursuit, rolled down his window and motioned for the driver to stop. He motioned he was going to keep driving. The driver, Charles Andrew Rowan, 52, of Orlando, Fla., finally stopped around exit 188, the Hwy. 42 exit. He failed a field test for DUI and was arrested and charged with DUI-drugs as well as failure to maintain lane.
Freeman said the bus had about 70 passengers. A state CHAMPS driver who had a CDL drove the bus to the weigh station until a new driver could arrive.
“They got their money’s worth for that bus ticket,” said Freeman.