HESPERIA -- A school bus driver who was accused last week of allegedly being under the influence of drugs, which caused a delayed trip home for a high school softball team, has tested negative for any substances.
The Sultana High School girls softball team was stranded in Lancaster following a game last Thursday after the coach told the school bus driver he wasn't needed to transport them back to Hesperia.
Hesperia Unified School District officials said they believed that the driver of the bus, who works for First Student Transportation services, may have been under the influence of a controlled substance.
"Sultana High School coaches expressed concern about a driver and declined to ride with him following their game," said First Student spokeswoman, Maureen Richmond. "We sent a relief bus to transport the team back to the high school, and our location manager escorted the driver for a reasonable suspicion test."
We were informed today that the test was negative for any substances, she added.
The driver, whose name hasn't been released, has been with First Student since December 2012.
He has a clean driving record and passed an extensive background check -- including drug screen -- prior to transporting any students, Richmond said.
"All drivers are subject to random drug screens throughout their tenure with the company. "