The Texas Department of Public Safety said a 42-year-old Gunter man was arrested for illegally passing a school bus on his motorcycle Monday afternoon and immediately fleeing a traffic stop.


DPS Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett said a trooper on patrol observed two motorcyclists traveling west on FM 902 during the afternoon hours when the pair illegally passed a school bus, which was also headed west.


“The trooper turned on them to initiate a traffic stop and the riders elected to evade the trooper,” Tackett said Tuesday.


Tackett said the motorcyclists continued west on FM 902 for an unknown distance before hitting State Highway 289. The DPS sergeant said the motorcyclists then separated and the trooper followed the rider who began traveling south toward Gunter.


“He drove to his residence, got off the motorcycle and he was arrested and booked into jail for reckless driving and evading with a motor vehicle,” Tackett said.


The other motorcyclist had not been identified as of Tuesday afternoon, Tackett said, but the sergeant encouraged motorists and motorcyclists to follow all applicable laws when sharing the roadway with a school bus.


“It’s always important to be extremely cautious around school buses as they are loading or unloading children,” Tackett said. “They should be treated with the utmost respect when on the roadway.”