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BOZEMAN — A federal magistrate judge has found a former charter bus driver guilty of taking a group of Bozeman middle school students on a field trip to Yellowstone National Park while drunk.

Judge Stephen Cole ruled against Jack Kane Parrent Jr. on Thursday. The judge also convicted Parrent of operating a commercial vehicle with a detectable amount of alcohol.

Parrent and co-defendant, Kevin Leon Stark, both of Bozeman, were working for Karst Stage in June when, after a night of drinking, they drove their buses loaded with Sacajawea Middle School students into the park.

Court records say Parrent had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, while Stark's was 0.032 percent.

Stark pleaded guilty to operating a commercial vehicle with a detectable amount of alcohol.

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