“I just saw the bus swerving, you know, from left to right,“ says a passenger of the alleged DUI bus driver who crashed in Fresno Sunday.
Dozens of passengers were left stranded on the side of Highway 180 and Highway 99 as their bus driver was being arrested on suspicion of a DUI by California Highway Patrol.
Greyhound sent another bus to pick up the passengers and take them to their original destination of Los Angeles.
“We almost tipped over twice,“ passenger John Kent explained.
Many say there were several red flags, starting with the driver being two hours late to pick them up.
“He was drowsy, he was like ‘ehhh,’“ Kent said, and another person described the driver’s mannerisms, “Since Sacramento he seemed like he wasn’t all there, he was kind of like mumbling to us, during the ride he was drifting off and stuff.“
Thirty-five passengers were on board when he crashed.
“The bus veered off to the right side, went up the embankment, then veered back to the left across both lanes and up the left embankment where it eventually came to a stop,“ said Sgt. Nathan Hunt with CHP.
He says Ashton Castillo, 28, was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of drugs. He was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI and misdemeanor driving without a license.
Hunt said, “The officer in her opinion thought he was displaying signs of impairment, so she placed him under arrest for further evaluation.“
Officials say several passengers were traveling from Seattle, and it’s unclear if Castillo was driving that leg of the trip before a stop in Sacramento.
About five to 10 passengers complained of pain and injuries, and CHP says one was transported to Community Regional Medical Center.