published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

One charged with DUI in 3-vehicle accident

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    Students from Red Bank Middle School peer out of the back window of their school bus after an accident on Wednesday on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank.
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The man who caused a three-vehicle wreck involving a school bus on Dayton Boulevard has been charged with driving under the influence -- an offense he already pleaded guilty to five years ago, according to court records.

Police arrested David Asher Looper, 30, on Wednesday, the same day as the wreck, and charged him with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and other related offenses.

At least two people were treated for minor injuries after the incident, but no students on the bus were injured, said Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol.

"The important thing we are thankful for is that no students were hurt today," Christol said Wednesday.

The school bus carrying Red Bank Middle School students was pulling to a stop in the 3000 block of the busy road to let passengers off when Looper's Jeep hit the back of a minivan, which then rammed into the back of the bus.

Two people in the van were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, Christol said.

All students were safely transferred to another bus after the incident, he said.

Over the last 10 years, Looper, of Harrison, has been charged with a long list of traffic violations, along with alcohol and drug-related charges, Hamilton County Court records show.

In 2007, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 48 hours in the Hamilton County workhouse, lost his license for one year and had to attend DUI school and an alcohol rehabilitation program.

A slew of other related charges in the incident -- including possession of marijuana and violation of the open container law -- were dismissed at the time, records show.

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