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Fayette Police chief on leave, ticketed for passing school bus

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Fayette Police Department on Friday morning, doors locked and blinds drawn. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL) Fayette Police Department on Friday morning, doors locked and blinds drawn. (Olivia Mancino, KWWL)
Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner
Roberta Schlitter complaint against Chief Brad Gardner Roberta Schlitter complaint against Chief Brad Gardner
FAYETTE (KWWL) -

The Fayette Police Chief is on administrative leave, according to the Fayette mayor, and one of the reasons may be because he passed a school bus while children with special needs were leaving the bus.

Chief Brad Gardner received a ticket from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office for unlawful passing of a school bus on Nov. 4.

Roberta Schlitter, a bus driver with the North Fayette Valley School District, reported Gardner passed the bus at 2:40 p.m. at 504 South Main. She said in her complaint that two "special needs" children were departing the bus at the time.

The charge comes with a fine of $566.25.

Gardner will appear in court Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m.

Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe confirmed Gardner was on leave, but didn't elaborate.

It was unclear if the ticket led to the leave or if there were other circumstances.

KWWL's Olivia Mancino is reporting that the Fayette Police Dept. is locked with the blinds drawn, and the City Hall is also closed, with a note saying the city clerk was out.

Schlitter's full, unedited statement to law enforcement is below:

"I had stopped had my red lights on stop arm out, the 2 special needs children were getting off the bus, the grandma said look at that I looked in my mirror to see the Fayette Dept. police vehicle pull out and pass my bus, I got out to check and make sure the red lights were flashing and they were. Wasn't sure who was driving until I turned onto West Joy Street and met the police vehicle at the intersection of West Joy Street and King Street and he looked at me and it was the police chief and he waved. I had my entire bus route kids on yet and they all witnessed it also."

Olivia Mancino contributed to this report.

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