Clinton bus driver charged with OUI


A bus driver responsible for shuttling a student who attends Perkins School for the Blind was arrested and charged with driving drunk after taking the student on an unwanted joyride. 

Michael Tantillo, 41, of Clinton, was arrested Wednesday night. 

According to a police report, Tantillo picked the student up from the school's Watertown campus at 4:30 pm Wednesday. 

The boy's parents, who live in Clinton, called police when the driver still hadn't shown up with the boy at about 8 p.m.

Police contacted Tantillo's cell phone multiple times, but had trouble communicating with him. 

When Tantillo finally arrived at the boy's home police were waiting for him. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested.

According to the Registry of Motor vehicles, Tantillo has a lengthy driving record that goes back to 1988. It includes speeding infractions, and possession of Class B and Class D substances.  

Tantillo's employer, Ride Rite, had no comment regarding Tantillo. 

Tanitillo was arraigned on reckless endangerment of a child, kidnapping and operating under the influence charges. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bail.