York Regional Police said officers conducted a RIDE spot check on a school bus driver at Leslie and Wellington streets around 8:45 a.m. for the presence of alcohol.
The driver was ordered to give roadside screening, failed, and was arrested, police said.
He was then taken to a police station for a breath test.
Police said there were no students on the bus at the time.
A 61-year-old Newmarket man has since been charged with having over 80 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of blood.
His licence has been suspended and the school bus was impounded for seven days, police said.
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