Pittsburgh Pirates Bus Driver Arrested For DUI While Driving The Team To A Game

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At least they made it on time…and safely.

The Pittsburgh Pirates had some trouble making it from Chicago to their next game in Milwaukee this week after their bus driver was arrested for DUI while driving the MLB team between games.

The Pirates traveling with a police escort after their loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and were headed to their next game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

But according to CBS Sports, officers noticed that the bus wasn’t following their police escort and was driving erratically. So the bus was pulled over on the interstate, where officers saw signs of impairment from the driver, 61-year old Ronald E. Funderburke of Shelby, North Carolina.

Officers initially requested an ambulance, thinking that Funderburke was suffering from some sort of medical emergency. But after it was determined that he was intoxicated, the driver was ultimately arrested and charged with DUI.

The team made it to the series against the Brewers on time – though they’ve dropped both games that have been played so far.

The Pittsburgh Pirates released a statement on the incident, saying that their bus drivers are contracted out from local providers, and that the team is in communications with the “appropriate parties” to address the matter:

“We are deeply concerned regarding what transpired last night. The important thing is that all of our personnel arrived in Milwaukee safely. Buses are contracted out to a local provider, which was consistent with this trip, and we are now in communication with the appropriate parties regarding this matter.”

Obviously this news comes after reports this morning that WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins was arrested for DUI in Pittsburgh, so many on Twitter have been using it as an opportunity to poke fun at Huggins:


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock