Former bus driver faces fines, but no jail time

January 27, 2010

A former Tippecanoe County school bus driver won't face criminal charges for leaving a student asleep on the bus earlier this month. Instead, Matthew Sims was ticketed for failing to do a post-route inspection, prosecutors say. He could face a fine up to $500. On Jan. 5, Sims returned to the bus depot with an 8-year-old girl asleep in the back. She woke up in freezing temperatures and walked to a nearby drugstore for help. Sims was fired over the incident.