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Blaine School Bus Driver Charged with Intentionally Speeding Over Hump, Injuring Kids

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July 22, 2016 08:04 AM

A school bus driver has been criminally charged after he admitted he intentionally drove too fast over a hump in Blaine, injuring numerous children on the bus.

The incident happened back on April 8, and 27-year-old Trevor Aaron McDonald of Ramsey was charged July 7.

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According to the criminal complaint, McDonald was driving the kids home from school about 4:07 p.m. when he hit a large hump in the road in Blaine while going 26-27 mph.

Police say several children were ejected from their seats and hit the ceiling of the bus. The criminal complaint says numerous children had blunt force trauma and cuts from being ejected.

The bus was audio and video recorded, and the audio shows McDonald had talked to one of the children on the bus about driving over the hump too fast. The child told McDonald that they might get hurt if he did that, according to the complaint.

In an interview with police, McDonald admitted that he intentionally drove over the hump faster than he normally did, which was normally about 3-5 mph.

Police say the bus bottomed out after going over the hump, causing $2,327 worth of damage.

McDonald has been charged with first-degree criminal property damage, endangerment of a child, criminal vehicular operation and reckless driving.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the criminal property damage charge; up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the endangerment charge; up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the criminal vehicular operation charge; and up to 90 days in prison and $1,000 in fines on the reckless driving charge.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 4.

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