BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- 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.

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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. 

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"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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