Woman accused of reckless driving, other charges

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HARRISVILLE — A Lewis County woman is facing multiple charges after law enforcers said she drove up onto a sidewalk in front of Harrisville Central School Thursday morning in order to get around a bus.

Sheriff’s deputies said Heather A. Harris, 43, of State Street, pulled up behind a school bus in front of the high school at about 7:40 a.m., while the bus was unloading students.

When she failed to pass behind the bus, authorities said the bus driver got out and motioned for Harris to stop and wait until the bus was finished dropping off children.

Deputies said Harris then drove her 2008 Chrysler mini-van up over the curb and across the sidewalk in front of the school’s entrance, pulling down into the side parking lot.

Authorities said Harris then sped off school grounds.

Harris was also driving on a suspended license, the sheriff’s deputies stated.

Harris is charged with one count each of reckless driving, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to stop for a school bus, leaving the pavement to pass on the right, unsafe starting, driving on a sidewalk, failure to exercise due care for pedestrians and avoiding a traffic control device, deputies said.

She is scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges, the authorities said.

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