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Hopkinton School Bus Driver Charged With OUI

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An Ashland man charged with being drunk while operating a school bus full of Hopkinton High School cross country runners has been ordered held without bail.

Robert Murphy was held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Tuesday at his arraignment Monday in Framingham District Court.

A coach on the bus called police at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to report that the driver appeared intoxicated. The bus was stopped just as it pulled into the high school parking lot.

Murphy was arrested after failing a series of field sobriety tests. He's charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, third offense, and operating a motor vehicle to endanger.

His lawyer said the 59-year-old Murphy has not been in trouble for 25 years and has "physical problems," without elaborating.

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