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Ex-Forbes Publisher Gets Probation In Fairfield School Bus Road Rage Case

James Berrien
James Berrien Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A former president and publisher of Forbes magazine was admitted into a probation program after his arrest in what police called a road rage incident involving a Fairfield school bus, according to NBC Connecticut.

A Superior Court judge in Bridgeport approved accelerated rehabilitation Wednesday for James Berrien, 64, of Westport, who police said scared the elementary school students on the bus, NBC Connecticut said.

The charges of breach of peace and disorderly conduct charges will be erased in six months if Berrien stays out of trouble, NBC Connecticut said.

Berrien turned himself in to Fairfield police Jan. 31 in connection with the incident just before 4 p.m. Dec. 21 with a First Student bus driver, police said.

Related story: Former publisher at Forbes charged with storming onto Fairfield school bus

The incident occurred on Morehouse Lane in the area of Cedar Road, the bus driver and Berrien had a disagreement at a stop sign, police said.

Berrien then followed the school bus, got out of his vehicle and yelled at the school bus driver as he was letting students off the bus, police said.

Parents of students awaiting their children witnessed the interaction and intervened, police said.

Follow-up investigation from the Fairfield Police School Safety Unit resulted in a judge signing an arrest warrant for Berrien, police said.

Berrien was president and publisher of Forbes Magazine Group from 1998 to 2008.

Click here for the story at the NBC Connecticut website.

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