Police: TriMet bus driver ticketed for DUII

Police were alerted by passengers on the bus that the operator was driving erratically

A TriMet bus in downtown Portland, May 7, 2015 (KOIN)
A TriMet bus in downtown Portland, May 7, 2015 (KOIN)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Police confirm that a TriMet driver was ticketed for driving under the influence of intoxicants on Sunday evening.

Michael Joseph Bottcher was released after being cited by Hillsboro Police.

Police spokesperson Lt. Michel Rouches says police were alerted by passengers on the bus that the operator was driving the bus erratically.

Officers were able to stop the bus at 7th and Baseline.

Bottcher, 39, was given field sobriety tests and then ticketed, Rouches says.

No one on the bus was hurt and there was no crash, according to police.

TriMet spokesperson Mary Fetsch wrote in an e-mail: “This is a very serious incident which if found to be accurate could be cause for termination under our collective bargaining agreement. We have launched a full investigation. We have no further information to release at this time.”

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