INDIANTOWN, Fla. (CBS12) — A day of reckless driving came to a grinding halt for Joseph Saladino, 43, of New York, when he collided his car with a school bus carrying children after he already crashed into an ambulance.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) said on Tuesday, January 30, Saladino crashed into an ambulance and fled the scene. Witnesses gave investigators a clear description of the car before it sped off, leaving deputies on the lookout for a white car.
Later in the day, Saladino crashed into the school bus on SW Kanner Highway, near SW Indiantown Avenue. When deputies arrived at the scene, they said it was clear that Saladino was the same person who crashed into the ambulance earlier in the day, since the car matched the description witnesses provided.
The sheriff’s office said Saladino got out of his car after the crash and didn’t know where he was, he appeared to be intoxicated. Saladino told deputies he was concerned about going to jail since he needed to get back to New York.
Luckily, none of the 35 children were injured, but the bus driver was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
The sheriff’s office said Saladino was arrested and charged with DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash, and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. He was booked into the Martin County Jail.