The article pointed out that some parents disobey traffic laws in an effort to get their kids to and from school.
In response to the story, Patch received many comments, including several that said the LEUSD is not alone in such problems. Readers claimed the unsafe driving is found near school campuses throughout the region.
Today, that point was made clear: A man who tried to back his car into a woman during an argument outside a Perris elementary school was sentenced today to three years probation and ordered to complete four months of anger management counseling and six months in a sheriff's work-release program.
Brian George Holder, 45, of Perris pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Kelly today certified the plea agreement negotiated between the defense and prosecution, in wihch Holder acknowledged responsibility for the felony allegation in exchange for the prosecution's pledge to drop a sentence-enhancing weapon allegation.
According to sheriff's investigators, Holder was dropping his children at Avalon Elementary School on Rider Street on the morning of Jan. 20 when he got into an argument with a woman who had parked in front of his pickup truck.
Holder began shouting at the victim, identified in court documents only as Christina, who yelled back, investigators said.
After maneuvering around the woman's car, the defendant threw his vehicle into reverse and backed toward her at high-speed as she stood in the school parking lot, according to prosecutors.
The woman stepped out of the pickup's path and began jotting down Holder's license plate number, prompting him to back toward her again before she jumped out of the way, authorities said.
He drove off before deputies arrived, but based on the license plate and other information, investigators were able to identify the defendant and arrested him at his house without incident three weeks later. --City News Service contributed to this report.