BALLWIN, Mo. (KSDK/NBC News) — A man has been arrested after video allegedly showing him speeding over a sidewalk and through a yard while ignoring a school bus stop arm went viral.
The incident happened near an elementary school in Ballwin, Missouri as children were boarding the bus.
Matthew S. McCloskey, 52, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended and violation of a school bus stop sign.
“I think I did a pretty good job of not killing anyone,” McCloskey in an exclusive interview with NBC affiliate KSDK after his arrest.
McCloskey claimed that the brakes on the car he borrowed to get to an appointment failed, forcing him to take an erratic route to avoid getting into a crash or hitting and injuring anyone.
“Everyone is acting like I was trying to avoid the stop sign on the bus, but my freaking brakes went out,” he said.
McCloskey has 15 open traffic cases on his record and was driving on a suspended license at the time.