Tour bus driver will pay fine for driving into flooded wash

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A Nevada man accused of trying to drive a bus through raging flood waters in northwest Arizona has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.

The sentence imposed Monday for 53-year-old Joseph Razon includes fines, restitution and no jail time.

The nearly $3,600 in restitution went to public safety agencies that responded when the bus was swept down a wash during a monsoon storm in July 2013.

Mohave County prosecutors say they included the payment to avoid having to seek reimbursement separately under Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law."

Razon had taken a group to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and was returning to Las Vegas when he drove into the flooded wash. The vehicle flipped on its side into an embankment. All 33 passengers escaped on their own uninjured.