Bus Escort Will Fight Police Impersonation Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Massillon, Ohio (AP) -- A uniformed escort for two school buses that crashed in Ohio says he will fight charges of impersonating a police officer.

Fifty-five-year-old Doc Shaffer, who runs a funeral escort service in the Canton area, faces arraignment Friday in Barberton.

Authorities say his uniform and three-wheel motorcycle markings resemble those of the sheriff's department.

He was escorting two Massillon school buses home from a state football playoff game in Akron when the buses collided on interstate 77 in November.

Twenty-one band members were injured.

A motorist complained that Shaffer cut him off and wouldn't allow him to pass the buses when the accident occurred.

Shaffer denies any wrongdoing.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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