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Former Dixon, IL school bus driver gets probation and must pay $25k in fines for drunk driving conviction

A Dixon school bus driver faces more than a dozen charges after police say he was driving a bus loaded with children while drunk.
Cloutier

DIXON, Ill. — Update: According to a report by SaukValley.com, a former Dixon school bus driver admitted in October of 2020 to driving drunk with nine students on board.  He entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol.  Eleven other charges were subsequently dropped. 

In March of 2021, 56-year-old Timothy Cloutier was sentenced to serve four years of probation and to pay more than $25,000 in fines and fees, reported SaukValley.com.  This sentence came down in Lee County court.

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DIXON, Illinois- A Dixon school bus driver faces more than a dozen charges after police say he was driving a bus loaded with children while drunk.

May 15th, around 10:00 am, “the Illinois Central School Bus Company contacted the Dixon Police Department and made the department aware of an incident which occurred on May 14th, involving an intoxicated school bus driver. At that point, officers began conducting an investigation into the incident.”

Dixon police say they spoke with three employees with the Illinois Central School Bus Company that were working that day and found evidence of the crime.

Police arrested Timothy M. Cloutier, 55, of Dixon.

Cloutier was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol (2 counts), a class 4 felony, endangering the life and health of a child (9 counts), a class a misdemeanor, and reckless conduct, a class a misdemeanor.