Drunken School Bus Driver Crashes into House

Faces a lot of charges


The driver of a mini school bus that crashed into a house in Syosset has been charged with six felony and 11 misdemeanor counts—after officers determined he was drunk when the crash occurred Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Frederick Flowers, 66, of 478 Eastlake Ave. in Massapequa Park, faces five counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, which makes it illegal to drive drunk with children under age 16 in the vehicle. He also faces charges of DWI while operating a school bus with student passengers, a felony, and five counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and DWI. Nassau County police said Thursday that Flowers will be arraigned bedside at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow as soon as permissible.

None of the five students on the bus, operated by First Student Inc., of 251 Main St. in Freeport, was injured.