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Arundel bus driver hiring procedure questioned after drunken driving arrest


Anne Arundel County school administrators will review procedures for hiring bus drivers in the wake of the arrest on suspicion of drunken driving of a driver who allegedly had a hit-and-run accident Friday and left two empty malt liquor bottles aboard the bus.

"It's an unforgivable incident," said Winship Wheatley, supervisor of transportation for the county schools. "I think parents should be concerned, and we are, too."

But Wheatley said a preliminary review of the driving record of Robert Edward Manokey, which includes a 1995 violation and a temporary license suspension, turned up nothing that would automatically have disqualified him.

"There's nothing in the record that jumps out at you," Wheatley said. "We'll take a closer look to see what happened in this case. And we'll take another look at our procedures to see if there's anything we could do better."

Manokey, 34, was being held yesterday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of $2,500 bail, a jail officer said.

Manokey, who had been driving a school bus since January, was arrested Friday outside Mills-Parole Elementary School.

Wheatley said the MVA record would not have disqualified Manokey from working as a school bus driver. State regulations require that a driver have not more than 2 points on his record, he said. Arundel's certification process includes a physical examination, drug and alcohol testing and a driving record review.

Pub Date: 4/14/97

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