January 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Metro says driver who struck pedestrian was sober
A bus driver who police suspect of driving under the influence when he struck a man crossing a Seattle street on Tuesday has passed a sobriety test administered by King County Metro.
However, a blood-alcohol test administered on behalf of police at Harborview Medical Center is still pending, says Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.
Rochelle Ogershok, spokeswoman for the King County Department of Transportation, said in a news release that Metro administered its own testing for drugs and alcohol and the results were negative. The driver, who has not been identified, is on leave while the investigation continues.
The driver is accused of hitting a 32-year-old man, Carl Gray, on Third Avenue. Gray then got up, walked a block to a Starbucks at Westlake Center and ordered a cup of coffee. He was taken to Harborview before he could enjoy his coffee.
A police officer trained to evaluate whether drivers are impaired checked the bus driver at the scene and determined he was showing signs of impairment, police said.
Ogershok says Metro has a lower blood-alcohol threshold for a violation than state law: 0.02 percent compared with 0.08 percent.
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