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Concord police SUV passes stopped school bus nearly hit student

A woman told Channel 9 her daughter was about to get off the bus when the SUV drove by, but the bus driver told her to stop and wait.


Someone driving a marked Concord police SUV was caught on video passing a stopped Cabarrus County school bus on Odell Road Thursday, police said.

The driver was a city employee, but Concord police have not confirmed if they were an officer.

The department was made aware of what happened after someone posted a video on social media.


“The Department takes all complaints and allegations of misconduct seriously and is working with Cabarrus County Schools to gather additional evidence,” police said in a statement.

A woman told Channel 9 her daughter was about to get off the bus when the SUV drove by, but the bus driver told her to stop and wait.

Parents in Cabarrus County watched the video in disbelief.

“It’s crazy,” parent Josh Ramirez told Channel 9. “I can’t believe a police officer, out of everybody, wouldn’t know to stop for a school bus.”

Holl Baz, who is a teacher in the county, said the outcome could’ve been different.

“I’m happy the bus driver was paying attention because I know that they don’t always get paid a lot and it’s also I think it’s a thankless job sometimes,” Baz said.

According to the department, though nearby homes and neighborhoods are in Concord city limits, the actual incident happened outside the City of Concord. Because of that, the traffic violation is being referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

An administrative investigation into the incident is now underway, police said.

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