Jason Stalbum 38 of Waterford has been charged with four counts of 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and citations for Deviating from Lane of Traffic, Failure of Operator to Notify Police of Accident, Hit and Run-Property Adjacent to Highway, Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control. Bail was set today at $50,000
According the criminal complaint On Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at approximately 2:11pm the Racine County Communications Center received a 911 call that a school bus drove off the roadway into a corn field and then came back out onto the road and continued driving in the 3200 block of Buena Park Road in the Town of Waterford.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched and deputies learned that the bus was owned by S & J Bus Services Inc out of Waterford. Deputies learned that the bus driver was still on his route and children were on the bus. The bus driver was ordered to pull over and stop. The bus was located on STH 11 near CTH J in the Town of Burlington with pieces of corn stalks hanging from it’s undercarriage.
It was found that there were still two children on the bus. Contact was made with all of the children that were on the bus during the accident, four in total, and no one was injured.
The complaint states that when Deputies questioned the defendant, after he was transported to the hospital for a chemical test of his blood which he consented to, that he uses Clonazepam recreationally. The defendant admitted to taking two Morphine Sulfate pills and one Clonzepam at lunch tome along with smoking marijuana either the previous night or the night before.