• Police: Bus driver arrested for allowing students to smoke pot on bus

    By: Jenna Deery


    LANDIS, N.C. - Landis police said they arrested a school bus driver who is accused of allowing students to smoke marijuana on the bus.

    Police received a call from the assistant principal at Corriher-Lipe Middle School last week saying that after completing his route, the driver, Brian Overcash, reported the students had been smoking marijuana.

    The assistant principal said all bus drivers are directed to immediately stop the bus and call 911 if a crime has occurred.

    Overcash did not stop bus No. 162 and admitted that he observed the students smoking on the bus and said he felt there was no point in stopping the bus and calling 911 because the students would deny it.

    Police said an investigation showed this was not the first time students smoked pot on Overcash’s bus. Overcash told police they had done it two or three times previously.

    The investigation identified four students who had smoked pot on the bus on that occasion, police said.

    Overcash is charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

    He is being held in the Rowan County jail under $1,000 bail.

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