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updated: 1/10/2014 2:27 PM

West Chicago man charged after removing children from school bus

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    Jimmy Palmer


A West Chicago man faces a series of misdemeanor charges after officials say he recklessly took two juveniles off a school bus Thursday afternoon.

Jimmy Palmer, 53, of 3N541 Locust Ave., is charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, reckless driving, endangering the health or life of a child, failure to give aide or information at an accident and driving too fast for conditions. Palmer has been released on bond.

Officials say a local school bus company called DuPage County Sheriff's office at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, to report that an unknown male had forced his way onto the bus and removed two juveniles. According to police, the bus driver was dropping off students on the scheduled route when the bus driver was cut off by and crashed into a vehicle.

Following the accident, police say, Palmer forced his way onto the bus and removed his son and another juvenile from the bus. No other children were harmed during the incident.

Palmer was arrested a short time later and posted $200 bail to be released from DuPage County Jail.

Palmer did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday morning.

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