LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Porter County police said a 46-year-old Portage woman showed no remorse after an officer witnessed her drive at a high rate of speed past a school bus that had stopped to pick up children.
The bus driver had activated the vehicle's red flashing lights and stop sign, and children were in the process of boarding when Maria Mota "blatantly" and "recklessly" passed the bus, police said.
The officer, who captured the alleged offense on video and released it at the request of The Times, said he was in the area of U.S. 6 and County Road 125 West at 6:26 a.m. Wednesday in response to earlier complaints from school bus drivers.
The westbound Duneland School Corporation bus in question pulled up in front of a residence on U.S. 6 and activated its warning system for other drivers to stop, police said. During the stop, Mota drove eastbound past the bus.
After being stopped by the officer, Mota reportedly said she saw the flashing lights on the bus and could not offer a valid reason for not stopping.
She was issued a summons on a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. The officer said he captured the alleged violation on his vehicle and body camera.
Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter
Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.
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