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Father Indicted in Bus Driver Attack

Posted July 11, 2007 3:52 p.m. EDT

— A Cary man has been indicted on charges that he attacked a school bus driver two months ago, authorities said.

Derry Aimo Schmidt, 46, of 120 Frohlich Drive, has been indicted on charges of assault on a school employee, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. The assault on a school employee charge was characterized as a hate crime, authorities said.

Schmidt was arrested May 23 after school bus driver Jametta Lynette Farrar said he flew into a rage when buses blocked him in after he parked in front of Cary Elementary School to drop off his daughter.

Farrar told police Schmidt attacked her while screaming racial slurs.

Schmidt has been ordered to have no contact with Farrar and to stay 100 yards away from all Wake County schools and all Wake County school buses while out on bond.

If convicted, he could face up to 150 days in jail for each assault charge and three to 12 months in jail for the hate crime.