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Caught on Camera: Bus driver doing drugs behind the wheel before crash
PENRITH, Australia (Derek Drake) -- A court in Australia heard claims and saw surveillance footage related to an incident in June of 2014, in which a bus crashed into a home.
Shaun Murphy, 56, was behind the wheel of the bus, and is facing traffic and drug charges after surveillance video showed Murphy smoking what is alleged to be synthetic marijuana.
The surveillance footage shows Murphy taking "hit after hit" from the drug pipe while passengers were on board. Police say he "administered" the synthetic cannabis 13 times before he crashed the bus adding while doing so he was only driving the bus with his elbows and "at times he had no control of the steering wheel at all."
Surveillance video shows Murphy smoking the drug one last time -- with no passengers on board -- before crashing. The video shows Murphy remove his hands from the steering wheel, relax his body and his head lists to the side "as if he was falling asleep."
According to police reports, the bus then left the roadway crashing into a fence. Witnesses told police the bus slowly merged out its lane and didn't make any corrections before initially hitting the fence. The bus continued through the housing development eventually hitting a home with a mother and young child inside, and the father in the back yard.
Police said Murphy missed hitting the child by a "matter of seconds."
Murphy had to be extricated from the bus and was taken to a local hospital after the crash. Once there, officials found the drugs and pipe.
"A substance analysis indicated the substance to be fluoropentyl," police stated. "Which is a psychoactive compound." An analysis of Murphy's blood allegedly revealed the presence of low level morphine and methamphetamine, according to Australian news outlets.
Murphy former company, which he was driving for at the time, is demanding he pay for the damages cause to the bus, totaling approximately $18,000.
Because of his alleged addiction, Murphy has asked to have his case heard through a special drug court, meaning he could walk away with a six-month license suspension.
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