An investigation into the driver, William Dalambert, also revealed he has had his driver’s license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times, the New York Post reported.
A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) said Dalambert’s troubles behind the wheel date back more than 20 years to 1993. Since that time, he has had his license suspended a total of 11 times and registration suspended another nine time. His license was suspended four times for unspecified violations, twice for failing to have insurance, twice for not filing paperwork properly, and three times because of unpaid child support, the spokeswoman told the New York Post.
Meanwhile, his registration was suspended as recently as November 2013.
Dalambert was arrested early Wednesday and charged with driving while ability impaired.
Dalambert, 58, had just started his shift Tuesday afternoon when he crashed the double-decker Gray Line bus into a parked City Sights double-decker near the TKTS discount Broadway ticket booth at the corner of 47th Street and Seventh Avenue around 3:30 p.m., the New York Post reported.
The Grey Line bus then jumped the curb, knocking over a traffic light in the process. Several pedestrians were injured.
After the accident, Dalambert told police that break failure was responsible for the crash, but inspectors found no mechanical problems after inspecting the vehicle.
The DOT spokeswoman said Gray Line and City Sights tour buses are inspected twice a year by the DOT, and that the bus involved in the accident passed inspection in April.
Dalambert failed a sobriety test at the scene, and he later agreed to provide a blood and urine test to a drug recognition expert. The results of those tests are still pending so it remained unclear what type of drugs the driver may have been on, the New York Post reported.