Aspen school bus driver lands in jail after gun incident
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” Authorities arrested an Aspen School District bus driver on Thursday after he allegedly brought a rifle on school property and displayed it to another individual.
Stephane M. Peltier, 48, is accused of unlawfully carrying a weapon on school grounds. The alleged offense is a class VI felony and is punishable by up to 18 months in prison, based on state sentencing guidelines.
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Gibson arrested Peltier on school district property one day after the alleged incident took place near the transportation department.
A man told authorities that he was having a discussion with Peltier on Wednesday when he was shown the rifle, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.
The man said that the rifle was inside the rear hatchback of Peltier’s Volkswagen, which was parked on school property. Peltier also apparently told the man that he was not supposed to have the firearm on school property.
“While talking with [the man] Peltier made suggestions that [he] would be able to take care of problems [the man)] was experiencing with [his] ex-wife,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Gibson authored the affidavit.
The man believed Peltier “was offering to murder [his] ex-wife.” The man also said he did not believe Peltier was joking.
The man apparently became concerned “about the turn of the discussion had taken and left school property.”
Gibson returned to the transportation department Thursday where he located Peltier and the Volkswagen. The rifle was still inside the vehicle.
Peltier was arrested and taken to the Pitkin County jail. He was released on a $2,500 bond at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.
Diana Sirko, superintendent of the Aspen School District, said Peltier faces disciplinary action for his alleged misdeed. She added that Peltier is a good employee and has been working for the school district for many years.
“I think this is just an unfortunate incident,” she said.