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Former Hoover school bus driver may avoid jail under DUI program after January crash

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

BIRMINGHAM — A man who is accused of a wrecking a Hoover school bus while driving under the influence may avoid going to jail if he enters into a DUI program as part of a plea agreement, according to Carol Robinson.

Mark Pierce, a former bus driver for the Hoover school system, was fired following a bus crash on I-459 in January. During this time, he had been arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he was charged with DUI.

According to the report, Pierce entered into a “DUI deferred program” in which he may be able to avoid jail or prison if he completes the requirements. In the program he will be required to plead guilty to the charges and submit to urine tests for alcohol or drugs. He will also have to pay court costs.

If Pierce fails any of the requirements he will have to be sentenced. Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton is currently reviewing the case to determine if Pierce is eligible for the program.

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