Teen party-bus driver: 'I shouldn't be going through this'
The Long Island party bus driver accused of letting his teenage passengers drink alcohol on an unsupervised trip repeatedly objected in court Wednesday to being charged with child endangerment.
"I shouldn't be going through this," Luis A. Guevara-Henriquz, who was arrested April 14 after police found intoxicated teens on the bus, said at his arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.
He added: "I just did a job."
An agitated Guevara-Henriquz objected to the $5,000 bail set by Southampton Town Justice Andrea Harcum-Schiavoni. "I came here voluntarily and you give me bail," he said.
Turning to his mother, who offered to post the bail, he said: "Don't pay."
His lawyer, Brian Francese of Legal Aid, entered a not-guilty plea. After Guevara-Henriquz's mother posted bail, he was released.
State Police arrested Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, late on April 14 after authorities found his parked bus at a Southampton rest stop. Some of his 42 passengers -- all 16 and 17 years old -- were intoxicated, police said.
Police have said Guevara-Henriquz was responsible for the bus and its passengers. No passengers have been charged, authorities said.
State Police said last week Guevara-Henriquz, a driver for Coachman Luxury Transport of Farmingdale and Woodbury, picked up the teenagers from a Garden City residence.
The teenagers, most on spring break from classes in the Sewanhaka Central High School District, had gallons of whiskey and rum, and at least 100 cans of beer, authorities said.
The bus had "no destination," police said, but was "en route to Montauk."
Guevara-Henriquz had pulled over about 9:30 p.m. in Southampton at a rest area between exits 65 and 66 off Sunrise Highway after he heard a bang, according to Coachman. The company has insisted Guevara-Henriquz did not realize his passengers had alcohol on the bus until after he pulled over, drew a curtain and saw the teens drinking and the damage to the bus.
State Police arrived shortly after in response to a 911 call.
Guevara-Henriquz was arrested and charged "due to the intoxication of the youths," police said.
Outside court, Guevara-Henriquz punched and shoved photographer James Carbone, who works for Newsday, knocking part of his camera to the ground. Police handcuffed Guevara-Henriquz and took a report of the incident, but no charges were filed.
He is due back in court on May 21.