Midwest City, OK police officer Larry Schones had to catch the school bus Friday morning.
Not that Officer Schones was going back to school.
He did however catch the school bus carrying about 30 students to Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City and driven by this man, Anthony Dewitt Atchison, 25.
When Officer Schones caught the school bus driven by Atchison he arrested the bus driver on complaints of reckless driving, speeding and driving with a suspended license.
Allegedly the school bus was going 49 mph in a 25 mph zone, which sounds likely as Atchison reportedly also had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay a previous speeding ticket.
According to a school system spokesperson, the district checks the status of driver’s licenses several times a year, and Atchison’s was “current”.
How a check by the school system indicated Atchison’s license was “current” when a check by the arresting police officer indicated it had been “suspended” raises enough red flags to decorate a school bus.
Also, the school system might want from time to time check to determine if there are any outstanding arrest warrants for its employees. In the least, the employment status of any employee with an outstanding warrant should be reviewed.
And they might even check with the various jails in the area to see if any of their bus drivers are locked up, like Mr. Atchison who following his arrest was being held in the Midwest City jail in lieu of $1,576 bail…