According to Public Information Officer Erica Stuart the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will file a criminal complaint against 49-year old Richard James Sesulka of Garden Grove, CA.
The Screamline Investment Corp Tour Coach driver is accused of emptying the waste tank of his tour bus in a parking lot outside the US Post Office in Oakhurst on Monday.
According to statements, the driver of the charter bus, disembarked his 22 passengers, in the Raley's shopping center, before driving across the street, parking near the entrance of the U.S Post Office, where he reportedly emptied his vehicle's waste tank into a storm drain the feeds into the Fresno River.
Information about the unleashing of sewage was phoned into the Madera County Sheriff's Office shortly after 9 a.m., after the bus had left the parking lot.
Cal Fire, Madera County Fire Department, as well as officers with Madera County Environmental Health and the Department of Fish & Wildlife were immediately advised and are investigating the incident.
Deputies also notified neighboring law enforcement agencies, Yosemite National Park Officials, as well as the bus company, which has reportedly agreed to cover the cost of the cleanup.
The cost of the cleanup is not known, however, hazmat officials say they do not believe any of the raw sewage was able to make it to the river.
The Penal Code reads that any person who knowingly causes any hazardous substance to be deposited into or upon any road, street, highway ... or upon the land of another, without the permission of the owner, or into the waters of this state is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year or by imprisonment for a term of 16 months, two years, or three years, or by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $10,000, or by both.