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Bus driver accused of getting high behind the wheel, crashes into home

Bus Driver Accused Of Getting High Behind The Wheel, Crashing Into Home

A bus driver in Sydney, Australia, crashed into a home because authorities say he fell asleep at the wheel right after getting high -- and it was all caught on camera.

7 News reports: The security camera designed to protect him and his passengers is now key evidence in his prosecution.

Luckily there was nobody on the bus at the time and nobody in the home was injured.

Fifty-seven-year-old Shaun Murphy pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and driving with illicit substances in his blood. He will go to court Thursday to receive his sentence.

On the day of the incident, though, NineMSN reports that there was confusion as to why Murphy lost control. The bus company said that he suffered from a medical condition, and the residents of the neighborhood where he crashed had no reason to believe otherwise.

The bus' camera told an entirely different story, though. Local station 7 News Sydney shows footage of Murphy smoking what media outlets are calling synthetic marijuana.

7 News reports that he was captured inhaling from a green pipe 13 times.

​Unlike regular marijuana, The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that synthetic marijuana, also called Spice or K2, is "made specifically to be abused." It contains chemicals called cannabimimetics, and government officials consider synthetic drug use to be extremely dangerous to not only the user, but the public as well.

The AAPCC and the National Institute on Drug Abuse say there are some similarities between the health effects of pot and K2, though - including:

​1. Increased heart rate
2. Increased anxiety and suicidal thoughts
3. Hallucinations

Murphy tested positive for more than just synthetic marijuana. Authorities say that he had morphine and methamphetamine in his system, as well. Although Murphy hasn't made a statement about the crash, his lawyer had this to say, according to NineMSN:

"Mr. Murphy is extremely remorseful for his conduct."

Murphy had been working for the bus company for less than a year and is no longer employed there.

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cbstinc August 28 2014 at 1:19 PM

Stop calling it synthetic marijuana. there is no weed on this crap, it's just a bunch of leaves sprayed with some chemicals. there is no marijuana in this synthetic crap..

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Hello, Jeffrey August 28 2014 at 9:30 AM

I think legalization of maryjane is not at fault here. I wager you more school bus drivers are taking a drink prior to getting behind the wheel. This idiot has a problem, an synthetic marijuana just happens to be his drug of choce, this day!

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James Hello, Jeffrey August 28 2014 at 11:00 AM

If I had to drive a bus full of screaming children, I'd want to drink too. One of the many reasons I don't do that job.

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mgt0331 Hello, Jeffrey August 28 2014 at 12:12 PM

You are so right. What's scar is the he bus company said he has "medical problem"? Why is he.allowed to drive a bus? Just another stoner gone bad. Sure,legalize weed morons. It's all the same garbage. Just give it to sick people. The rest is hogwash

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Pat August 28 2014 at 11:30 AM

wait till the rioters & looters of Ferguson get ahold of that drug ...

there's going to be partying in the streets for sure !!!

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cmcclarty Pat August 28 2014 at 9:58 PM

No they like there Crack instead.

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coopdabomb August 28 2014 at 1:28 PM

Wow, a white obama asleep at the wheel....

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jetts65 coopdabomb August 28 2014 at 2:41 PM

IDIOT- He is your president and you can do nothing about it. Get over it and shut up

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coopdabomb jetts65 August 28 2014 at 5:21 PM


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ofleck August 28 2014 at 9:28 AM

Coming soon to a school bus in Colorado/Washington near you!

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rb August 28 2014 at 9:34 AM

He's extremely for his conduct? More like he's extremely remorseful that he got caught.

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belldn3 August 28 2014 at 6:35 PM

And the wigger award goes to.............WTF!

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wlh1923 August 28 2014 at 10:03 PM

See, if marijuana was legal none of this would have happened. Awwww, leave the poor dopers alone.

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i.dont.care.what.you.think August 28 2014 at 7:05 PM



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GB i.dont.care.what.you.think August 28 2014 at 8:17 PM

It isn't pot. Learn to read and comprehend or get someone to explain the story to you.

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kmcc895370 i.dont.care.what.you.think August 28 2014 at 8:58 PM

Correction - only losers read an article but cannot comprehend what it says. Try reading it again and maybe, just maybe you'll see why your post is completely pointless. BTW, I don't smoke, but I don't belittle others for doing so.

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scootsgalal August 28 2014 at 7:28 AM

What an idiot.

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