Bus Driver for Perkins Student Busted on OUI Charge

The driver is accused of drunken driving after taking student on an unwanted excursion.

A bus driver who shuttles a student to Watertown's Perkins School for the Blind faces driving under the influence of alcohol charges after taking a student the very long way home.

Michael Tantillo, 41, of Clinton, was arrests Wednesday night after the boy's parents called to say he had not showed up after school, according to a report on Fox 25's website, www.myfoxboston.com.

The boy, who also lives in Clinton, was picked up by Tantillo at Perkins at 4:30 p.m. As of 8 p.m. that night, he still had not turned up at home, according to Fox 25.

Police tried to contact Tantillo by cell phone, but could not communicate with him. When he finally showed up at the boy's home, police were waiting, Fox 25 reports. Police administered field sobriety tests and placed Tantillo under arrest.

He also had other driving and legal infractions, including possession of drugs, according to Fox 25.

Tantillo's employer, Ride Rite, did not comment when contacted by Fox 25.

Tanitillo was arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment of a child, kidnapping and operating under the influence of alcohol charges. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bail, Fox 25 reports.

For the full Fox 25 story, click here.


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