BILLINGS, (AP) - A 53-year-old Billings man accused running into a teenager in a crosswalk while driving a school bus under the influence of alcohol has pleaded not guilty. Timothy Whalen appeared in District Court on Friday by video from the county jail.
He is charged with negligent vehicular assault, criminal endangerment and failing to remain at the scene of an accident for the Sept. 25 crash that left the 15-year-old girl with a broken leg.
Officials say Whalen, whose bail was set at $50,000, briefly checked on the girl and returned to the scene after finishing his route. Police say a breath test two hours after the accident showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.118 percent. Whalen is a licensed attorney and former state legislator who
served four terms until 1994.
He had been driving buses for about 18 months, according to his employer, First Student, which contracts with the Billings School District to transport students. He was suspended after the crash.