The Madera County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday it would seek a criminal complaint against a Los Angeles-area tour bus driver who allegedly dumped raw sewage from his charter bus into an Oakhurst storm drain that feeds into the Fresno River.
Richard James Sesulka, the 49-year-old driver from Garden Grove, is suspected of emptying the bus' waste tank in the parking lot of the Oakhurst post office on Monday. The bus is owned by Screamline Investment Corp.
According to witnesses, the bus driver stopped in the Raley's Shopping Center parking lot and let out 22 passengers. He then drove across the street and parked near the entrance to the U.S. Post Office, where he allegedly emptied the bus' waste tank.
The Sheriff's Department received calls shortly after the incident, but the bus already had left Oakhurst and headed north on Highway 41. Deputies caught up with the driver later in Yosemite National Park.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said a hazardous materials crew was called to the scene and quickly started cleanup work. There will be follow-up testing to make sure that none of the sewage made it into the river, she said.
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