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9Wants to Know: Bus company owner sent to jail

7:16 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The owner of a bus company, who has a long history of safety violations, has been sent to jail for transporting children without a permit and not having insurance.

Larry Holle, the owner of Bus Express, has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating a judge's 2005 order that requires him to be permitted and to have insurance if he wants to stay in business.

Last month, 9Wants to Know exposed how Holle has been cited numerous times by the Public Regulation Commission, but continued to operate with a revoked permit.

Court records obtained by 9Wants to Know also show Holle recently drove students from two Aurora high schools with a revoked permit.

"He's somebody who has been flippant with the commission," said Ronald Jack, the PUC's chief of transportation. "He's played a cat-and-mouse game and he's been in and out of compliance with PUC rules and state law."

Jack said Holle has routinely racked up safety violations since 2002 and has been in-and-out of compliance.

On Monday, after a lengthy court hearing on a contempt citation, a judge agreed with the Public Utilities Commission that Holle violated the judge's order by operating Bus Express.

Holle was taken into custody after the hearing.

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