The driver of a bus carrying children from a Maine child care facility that crashed in New Hampshire last week has a history of moving violations.

The accident and subsequent investigation has town officials looking into whether a background check was done on 21-year-old John E. Guy, who crashed the town-owned van while traveling through New Hampshire. Guy has a long history of traffic violations, including two convictions for driving to endanger. The Portland Press Herald reports he will have his license suspended in Maine because New Hampshire police said that he had a medical emergency prior to the crash and recommended that he not drive. There's been no comment about the nature of the medical emergency.

Eleven children and another camp counselor were on the bus when it crashed into some trees off the southbound lane of I-95 in Greenland, New Hampshire. Some of the passengers were hurt in the accident, but none of the injuries were life-threatening. The bus was the last in a line of three vehicles taking the children from Kittery to a water park.

Guy's police record includes two speeding tickets and three convictions for driving with a suspended license. He also has two criminal convictions in Maine for violating the conditions of his release. He plead guilty in both cases, in March and again in May of this year. In the first case, Guy was found to be in possession of alcohol and, in the second case, was found with a usable quantity of marijuana while under the age of 21.

The PPH says there's no word on what criminal charge originally led to Guy's probation.


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