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Dad who assaulted school bus driver gets back DOT job

Posted July 8, 2008 4:51 p.m. EDT

— A Cary man fired from his position with the Department of Transportation after he assaulted a Wake County school bus driver has been reinstated.

Derry Aimo Schmidt was found guilty in January of assault in connection with a May 23, 2007, incident outside Cary Elementary School.

Police said Schmidt drove into the school's bus-unloading zone to drop off his daughter after classes had started and became irate when his car was boxed in by school buses.

Schmidt was sentenced to 75 days in jail, which was suspended to 25 days under house arrest. He also was ordered to undergo a mental examination and attend anger management classes.

The DOT fired him from his position as a transportation engineer following the incident. Schmidt challenged the termination with the state Office of Administrative hearings. They later reached a settlement.