- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - West Des Moines police say they have charged a bus driver with having a gun on school grounds.

The incident began about noon Wednesday when police say Des Moines police Capt. Mike Hoffman was driving an unmarked car and a private bus started tailgating him on Interstate 235.

Police say the bus driver honked his horn and flashed his lights before passing the officer.

Hoffman followed the bus to Valley High School and approached the driver, 64-year-old Paul Smiley-Oyen, of Ames, who was holding a handgun.

He was charged with possessing a firearm on school grounds. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment.

No students were on the bus. The driver was scheduled to pick students up for a trip.

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