BALLWIN, Mo. ( -- Police have arrested a 52-year-old after shocking video showed a vehicle driving through a yard to avoid a stopped bus with children on board.

Matthew McCloskey

Matthew McCloskey, 52, is the man police identified in the bus camera video.

Matthew S. McCloskey is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, and violation of a school bus stop sign at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.

McCloskey admitted to driving the vehicle through a lawn to avoid a school bus stop arm. He said a mechanical failure caused the accident. 

According to the video posted on Facebook, the incident happened Wednesday morning in a neighborhood near Henry Elementary School. 

"I didn't realize it was so close, I mean people are crazy," said Wally Cammarata, who lives down the street from where the incident occured.

Parkway school officials got the video from a camera mounted on the bus, then posted it on Facebook and handed it over to police. 

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"I couldn't believe it never seen anything like that," said Will Rosa, who is with Parkway Schools Transportation.

A recent survey in Missouri discovered 34 percent of school bus drivers witness other drivers going around their stop signs. 


"We probably get a stop arm violation once a week," Rosa said. "Someone who doesn't know, or they think it's going in. At the end of the day, they're going through a stop sign."

The penalty for passing a stopped school bus can result in a fine or even a suspension of drivers license. 

If you have any information on the incident, you are asked to call Ballwin Police at 636-227-9636. 

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