Floodwaters sweep tour bus into wash. (Source: Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District)
KINGMAN, AZ (AP) -
A Nevada man accused of trying to drive a bus through raging floodwaters in northwest Arizona has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.
Joseph Razon entered the plea Monday in Kingman Justice Court as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The agreement included nearly $3,600 in restitution to public safety agencies that responded when the bus was swept down a wash during a monsoon storm in July 2013.
Prosecutors say they included the payment to avoid having to seek reimbursement separately under Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law."
Razon had taken a group to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and was headed back to Las Vegas when he drove into the flooded wash. The vehicle flipped on its side into an embankment, and all 33 passengers escaped on their own uninjured.
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