Police: Officers dispatched to incidents at same Roanoke County intersection Thursday morning for assault involving boy believed to be autistic, multi-vehicle crash

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Police representatives spoke with WFXR News about two separate incidents — an assault involving a child believed to be autistic and a multi-vehicle crash — that took place about 30 minutes apart and resulted in a large police presence around a certain Roanoke County intersection Thursday morning.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, a call came in at 7:31 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, about an 10-year-old boy who became agitated and aggressive with a school bus monitor over wearing a mask.

The department says the boy — believed to be autistic — was asked to wear a mask when he entered the bus, he refused, he was given a mask by the bus driver, he took it off, and then he was asked by the driver to sit in the back of the bus, at which point the boy assaulted the school bus monitor as the bus reached the intersection of Pinevale Road and Garst Mill Road.

Two officers reportedly boarded the school bus after it pulled over into the entrance to the Villages at Garst Creek to calm the boy down. After notifying the boy’s guardian and principal, police say one of the officers spoke with the boy and helped him understand what happened. The officers reportedly reached an agreement with the boy’s guardian and principal and later brought him to school in a patrol car.

Police say there were no injuries resulting from this incident, and no charges will be placed.

Meanwhile, at approximately 8 a.m., the department says a two-vehicle crash took place at the same intersection while the school bus was still parked by the entrance to the Villages at Garst Creek.

According to authorities, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Garst Mill Road tried to turn left onto Pinevale Road and hit a vehicle heading westbound on Garst Mill Road. Three officers were dispatched to handle the crash and traffic flow while first responders from Roanoke County Fire & Rescue were called to check on two children who were in one of the vehicles, police say.

Even though no occupants were brought to the hospital, one vehicle was towed and the driver who failed to yield to oncoming traffic was issued a summons, the department says.

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