Police: Pittsburgh school van driver faces DUI

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PITTSBURGH —

Police have charged a Pittsburgh Public Schools employee with driving a school van while under the influence of medication or some other kind of drug.

City police arrested William Jester, 37, at a school building parking lot where detectives followed him after seeing the van being driven erratically on Thursday. Police said Jester crossed the center line of the road and nearly crashed several times before he stopped.

Jester denied drinking, but police said he told them he was on medication. Blood test results were still pending Friday.

School district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said Jester has been suspended. She said he was driving a school van that isn't used to transport students.

A school spokesperson told Channel 11's Lori Houy that Jester has been suspended from his job with pay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.