By Brian Skoloff Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — A police officer who had been asked to check for drugs on a bus full of Utah teenagers headed to Disneyland ended up arresting the driver, authorities said Friday.
About 100 students who had graduated on Thursday from Canyon View High School in Cedar City were aboard the charter bus for their senior trip, Cedar City police Lt. Darin Adams said. Parents and faculty members had asked police to have a dog check students’ bags for drugs before departure.
Two officers boarded the bus with a dog and immediately noticed driver Brandon Gillman, 30, of South Jordan, behaving suspiciously, Adams said.
He was fidgety, removing items from his backpack and stuffing them in his pockets, and then trying to leave the bus, Adams said.
“They saw some things that didn’t add up, and their instincts kicked in,” Adams added.
The dog, as well, was interested in the driver’s bag.
Adams said the officer found prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and what is believed to be cocaine in the backpack.
Gillman failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence, Adams said.
“This is a great day because we averted a tragedy,” Canyon View High School Principal Richard Nielsen told the Deseret News. “In my mind, there’s a strong likelihood that we (would be) having a mass memorial service.”
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