Southampton (WALK) - He was just doing his job.
That was reportedly a comment made in court yesterday by the driver of the so-called "drunk bus" that made headlines on Long Island last week. Party bus driver Luis Guevara-Henriquz (pictured at left) of Hempstead pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges in the incident.
Guevara-Henriquz, 26, was arrested on April 14th after authorities responded to reports of a disturbance at a rest stop off Sunrise Highway in Southampton. He was driving a chartered party bus full of drunken teens, and police say they found gallons of alcohol on board.
The kids, who boarded at a private home in Garden City, were mostly from the Sewanaka School District, though school was not in session that week and it was not a school-related outing. The bus had no specific destination but was on its way to Montauk, police say.
Officials with Coachman, the company that owns the bus, have said that Guevara-Henriquz didn't know there was alcohol in the back of his bus. There were no adult chaperones on board.
The defendant's next court appearance is scheduled for May 21st.
Photo: NYS Police