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Bus driver arrested

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

A Berlin-Milan school bus driver was arrested on a felony warrant Tuesday morning after being pulled over for speeding.

Catherine M. Richards, 44, of 1214 Strucker Road, Milan, was charged with one count of passing bad checks on the Norwalk Municipal Court warrant after the traffic stop. Norwalk police took her to court for a bond hearing and she was released on her own recognizance.

The original charge was filed Nov. 15 in connection with a Dec. 27, 2006 incident, court records show.

Officers James Montana and Vincent Beebe were running radar at an East League Street driveway Tuesday morning when they clocked Richards going 37 mph in the 20 mph zone between Pleasant and Foster streets, Montana wrote in his report.

“We caught up with the bus on League (Street) at Milan Avenue, but waited until we got near the VFW to stop it to make room for the stop on the roadway. The bus continued northbound at about 40 mph, disregarding our emergency lights and siren. The bus finally pulled over near Pizza Hut,” Montana continued.

“Catherine had no idea she was speeding through a school zone, nor was she aware I was trying to stop her,” said Montana, who discovered the warrant after checking Richards’ driver’s license in the LEADS database. Richards also was charged with speeding.

When Richards was taken into custody, police had the bus parked at Pizza Hut and contacted the school district to retrieve it.

Berlin-Milan Local Schools Superintendent David Snook couldn’t be reached for comment.

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