Anderson police procedure in question

January 13, 2010

Anderson police admit they questioned and released a man just minutes before he drove into the path of a school bus Tuesday morning. Shane Owens is in critical condition. None of the children on the bus were hurt. Officers say they found Owens asleep behind the wheel of his car, gave him a field sobriety test and asked him a few questions, but eventually let him go. A records check performed after the crash revealed that Owens has a suspended driver's license and a possible outstanding warrant in Henry County. Department policy leaves it up to the discretion of officers whether to run records checks.