Court orders driver to wear ‘Idiot’ sign

Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 05, 2012


CLEVELAND (WJW) — In addition to a license suspension and fine, a woman who was caught on video passing a school bus by driving on the sidewalk will have to make an unflattering declaration to the world.  Or at least to Cleveland.

Shena Hardin, 32, plead out on Monday in order to avoid facing a trial.

Back in September, she plead not guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation.

A bus driver had noticed Hardin’s pattern along East 38th Street so he notified Cleveland Schools and had his cell phone camera rolling during one of her episodes.

The portion of sidewalk she used to avoid the bus was the entrance to a day care.

Police set up a sting to catch her on her makeshift detour and cited her on Sept. 11.

As part of her sentence from Cleveland Municipal Court, Hardin must wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid the school bus.”

While wearing it, she’ll stand near the location of the crime for an hour per day, next Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Hardin, of Cleveland, may have to hitch a ride there, as her license was suspended for 30 days.

She must also pay a $250 fine.