BY KEN LITTLE
A Greene County school bus driver upset about a car being repossessed Thursday night at his residence got behind the wheel of his bus and gave chase, Greene County sheriff's deputies said in a report.
Leslie Calvin Henry, 44, of 650 Ragon Hollow Road, Midway, was charged with a count of felony reckless endangerment, Deputy Randy Christy said in a report.
About 10:10 p.m. Thursday, deputies were notified by a representative of T&T Auto Sales about the repossession of a 2003 Saturn at the Ragon Hollow Road address.
"Subjects from that residence got into a Greene County school bus and [are] now chasing them down the roadway," repo man Paul Gray told deputies.
The full-size bus was identified as Bus 77.
Gray told deputies that speeds got up to 35 to 40 mph "on the narrow side roads and continued to West Andrew Johnson Highway," the report said.
Gray told deputies the driver of the bus "continued chasing him on West Andrew Johnson Highway at speeds of 50 to 60 mph," the report said.
The bus "was driving very close to his vehicle," the report stated.
Gray pulled into the parking lot of Beamer's Carpet, at 4185 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
"The defendant got out of the bus very angry, and that's when police arrived," the report said.
In the bus with Henry were his wife and 10-year-old son, the report said. Their presence led to the reckless endangerment charge.
Greene County Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk said today she is aware of the incident.
"I'll have to do my due diligence in understanding the situation," Kirk said. "I will gather facts from law enforcement, and if these allegations are, in fact, true, he won't be driving a bus for Greene County."
Clark Justice, school system transportation supervisor, happened to drive by and see the school bus in the Beamer's parking lot.
A school district employee was contacted and took the bus back to the county garage, Kirk said.
Bond for Henry is set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear Monday in General Sessions Court.