A school bus driver was charged with drunken driving after a crash involving another school bus Monday in Tyngsborough.

Officers responded to the crash at the intersection of Middlesex and Westford roads at 2:47 p.m., where they saw that a small yellow school bus had struck a minivan school bus from behind.

Police said the operator of the small bus, Erik Paulik, 37, of Manchester, N.H., had been tailgating the minivan before the crash. Authorities said the impact caused rear-end damage to the other vehicle, broke the rear window and pushed the minivan into the intersection.

The bus Paulik was driving held two adult monitors and four students, none of whom were injured. The students were being driven home from the Lighthouse School, a nonprofit day school, at the time of the crash.

Police said after Paulik was questioned, he was given a series of field sobriety tests. Authorities said he registered .27 on a portable Breathalyzer at the scene.

One of the bus monitors told police the bus was going 90 to 100 mph on the highway before the crash.

Paulik was taken into custody and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, child endangerment while operating under the influence and failure to slow approaching an intersection.

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