LAFAYETTE — A state appellate court reversed a district court ruling Friday to suppress evidence in the drunken-driving case against Lafayette school bus driver Kenny Mire.
Mire was arrested in September 2009 and accused of drunken driving after he was stopped for speeding by a Louisiana State Police trooper.
District Judge Edward Rubin suppressed speed radar evidence in March in the case for lack of evidence that the equipment had been properly calibrated.
The Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday reversed Rubin’s decision, stating that according to evidence presented in the March hearing, a discrepancy in the trooper’s calibration log was a “mere typographical error.”
Mire’s trial on the drunken-driving charge is scheduled for Wednesday.
The case moves forward without breath analysis evidence, which was thrown out by the court in November 2010.
Mire began his employment as a Lafayette Parish school bus driver in 2002.
Mire had been on leave with pay from October 2009 until January when he began working as a bus attendant.
His arrest inspired new state policy that took effect Jan. 1 that requires bus drivers to report an impaired driving arrest within 24 hours or prior to the drivers’ next driving assignment.