Berkley prom teens get sick on pot brownies; limo driver arrested by cops

Pot brownies, booze and a bus ride to nowhere - it wasn't the prom night some Berkley High School students expected.

A 911 call started a bizarre chain of events that led to two teens in the hospital and a limo bus driver under arrest. 

"I am in high school so I do know what  kids are doing, what's going around," said Armand Boisvenu, a sophomore. "For people to do something like that, that seems very risky and a dumb thing to do."

Emergency crews were called to Andiamo's in Warren just before 9 p.m. Thursday after a 17- and 18-year-old who were attending the prom there got sick from eating the marijuana brownies on the way to the big event.

"In my three years as a detective, it's the first time I've handled something of this nature," said Det. Jon Pickett of Warren police.

The girls were among a large group of students of roughly 40 who traveled to prom on a two-story party bus, owned by Entertainment Express of Dearborn Heights. The trip was organized by the kids' parents.

While investigating, police discovered that the driver, 27-year-old Ryan Rodriguez, was a wanted man for a probation violation on an assault with a deadly weapon charge. He was arrested on the spot.

"That's a little sketchy, when dealing with kids or driving people around you should have a good background," said one parent.

A spokesperson for Entertainment Express said that Rodriguez has since been fired and they had no idea about his criminal history because he never disclosed it to them.

The spokesperson said that previously the company previously only required a check of someone's driving record and that came back clean.

FOX 2 has been told that the policy has now been changed to include a criminal history and now a second employee must be required to ride on the back of the bus so they can see what is happening at all times. 

Berkley schools said once the district found out, they called parents so the teens could have a safe ride home.

All the information will be handed over to the Warren Police Department's narcotics unit so it can be investigated further to find out what happens next. 
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