Driver from Japan facing felony charges in fatal Utah tour bus crash; had intoxicant in blood

By Paul Foy, AP
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Driver facing felonies in Utah tour bus crash

SALT LAKE CITY — The driver of a tour bus that crashed in Utah, killing three people and injuring 11 others from a Japanese tour group last month is accused of having trace amounts of an intoxicant in his blood.

Jail records show 26-year-old Yasushi Mikuni was arrested Tuesday and booked into Iron County jail in Cedar City on suspicion of 11 charges of driving with a measurable amount of a byproduct of a controlled substance in his body.

The charge is a felony.

Mikuni also faces negligence, logbook violation and unsafe lane change charges.

Mikuni is a Japanese citizen who authorities say was living in Las Vegas on a work and education visa.

Authorities say he driving the bus when it rolled over Aug. 8 on Interstate 15 near Cedar City.

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