Update: School Bus Driver Charged With DWI

Police: Driver arrested after striking parked vehicle in Farmingdale Friday; four children aboard bus unharmed.

Update 11 a.m.: School bus driver Michael Asseng has been admitted to Nassau University Medical Center and will likely be arraigned bedside Saturday, Nassau Police said. 

A man driving a mini school bus with children aboard was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI Friday after striking a parked vehicle in Farmingdale, Nassau County Police said. 

Officers at the scene arrested Michael Asseng, 47, of Deer Park, after determining he was impaired by drugs. He was later transported to an area hospital for evaluation after having difficulty breathing.

The incident happened at about 11:55 a.m. along Midwood Ave. Asseng struck a parked vehicle while driving a 2001 GMC Omnibus for the ACME Bus Corporation, according to police.

Four children, aged 6, 8, 8 and 12, were aboard the bus on the way home from school. None were injured. Police would not say where the children were being transported from. 

Asseng has been charged with four counts of aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law and driving while ability impaired, drugs. 

Police said he will be arraigned as soon as practical.

There have been other bus-related incidents this school year. Another school bus driver faced Leandra’s Law charges in October 2012 after plowing into a Syosset home. Also in October, a bus driver was arrested on charges of driving while ability impaired after backing into a tree during a field trip in Cold Spring Harbor. 

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Stephanie January 19, 2013 at 05:27 AM
should have a breath monitor to start the bus!
Golf26 January 19, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I know not all bus companies are bad and there are some amazing bus drivers out there that care about keeping peoples kids safe. However, I watch the Atlantic Express busses fly down my street and roll through stop signs every day. If I had kids I would not want them on those busses. And yes, many (not all) speak little to no English. Having dealt directly with several Atlantic Express drivers for work purposes, all I can say is SCARY. Don't know if ACME Bus is affiliated.
Stina January 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
He was impaired on drugs, not alcohol. Breath monitor wouldn't have helped.
ssotis January 20, 2013 at 03:21 AM
What a Horror!!! Bus companies need to do background checks fingerprinting and random drug testing on the employees that drive our innocent children around!!!! When are they going to do something about this after 15-20 more times this happens and a children get hurt because of drug users and drunks!!!!! Parents of those children that were in the bus need to stand up and fight!!!
Grandma K January 22, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Golf26. Atlantic was not involved in crash. If you witness any school bus driver ignoring stop signs you must report it to the bus company. If you think they are speeding haven't you reported it to the police? As in any company or organizations unfortunately there will be a few bad apples. I personally think all large buses should have a adult monitor aboard. I agree with ssotis parents must be involved in all fazes of school business. Keep in mind hundreds of thousands of school children are transported every day on the island.
Dolores McMonagle January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM
My husband was rear ended by a school bus. He was stopped at a red light and she was obviously was not paying attention paying attention and hit him. There were kids on the bus too. As far as I know she is still working for the company. My daughter also comes home as tells me stories about her driver.
joe January 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
its state law to do background checks. NYS DMV does the background check. that driver was sick not on drugs. his kidneys shut down and he did not know it. he is still in university hospital. breath test on scene was 0.0
Joanie January 30, 2013 at 01:22 AM
It's pretty sad that a school bus driver would been so bad and not give 2hoots about driving children around.. And I also blame the bus company I'm sorry they really should look into who they hire to especially drive children around .. It's terrible how there are people out there looking for work and are honest people and then people who don't help themselves put other people in danger!! All because they don't want to help themselves.. Come on don't put other people in danger and especially our children.. And a parked car right outside the house suppose that person was walking out to their car..


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