A Davidson man has been arrested in connection with an incident in which an elementary school student was almost struck by a motorcycle at his bus top on Thursday.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol announced the arrest of Ishmael Partida Gonzalez, 18, in a news release.

Gonzalez charged with passing a stopped school bus, careless and reckless driving, no motorcycle endorsement, and a registration violation. Gonzalez turned himself in at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and received a $2,500 bond.

Gonzalez’s arrest stems from a near-miss that occurred on Carlyle Road in Troutman about 2:38 p.m. Thursday. A video released by Iredell-Statesville Schools on Friday showed the student nearly get hit by a motorcycle as the student was crossing the road in front of the school bus.

Iredell Firewire first reported the arrest on Saturday.

A member of the public gave Iredell Firewire founder Dan Gitro a tip about a possible location of the motorcyclist. The location was the McDonald’s located at 497 River Highway in Mooresville. After comparing a photo of the suspect motorcycle with a photo of the motorcycle at the restaurant, Gitro contacted local law enforcement.

Troopers responded and interviewed Gonzalez, which led to his arrest.

“This is just another example of the good Iredell Firewire does for the citizens of Iredell County,”  Gitro said.


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