Police: Shelbyville man who crashed into school bus high on marijuana, pills

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SHELBYVILLE (Feb. 24, 2014) – A man who crashed into a Shelbyville school bus Monday morning was high was on marijuana and prescription pills, police said.

Around 7:40 a.m. Monday, a vehicle driven by Jeffrey Ward crashed into a Shelbyville Central Schools bus. Seven children and the bus driver were on the bus at the time, according to the Shelbyville Police Department.

Ward’s car was going westbound on Polk approaching Tompkins. The bus driver told police she noticed he wasn’t slowing down, and honked her horn to get his attention. Ward didn’t slow down or stop at the stop sign, police said. He crashed into the rear tire of the school bus.

No one on the bus was hurt. The school bus sustained minor damage while Ward’s vehicle sustained heavy damage, police said.

After the crash, officers said Ward appeared to be intoxicated. Further investigation showed he’d taken prescription pills and smoked marijuana before the crash. He was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and taken to the Shelby County Jail.