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09/15/2014 01:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Florida Bus Driver Man Arrested For Soliciting Prostitute While Driving Bus

Sarasota Sheriff

Just a quick pit stop.

A Florida bus driver is accused of trying to pick up a prostitute while on duty, WFLA reports.

Rodrigue Macharie, 43, was arrested in Sarasota County on Thursday when he solicited an undercover police officer working a prostitution sting around 9:45 a.m. on Tamiami Trail, according to WWSB. The bus driver, who works for the Sarasota County Area Transit shuttling disabled passengers to appointments, had 45 minutes to spare before his next pick-up.

"There was a period of disbelief when the bus pulled up and that it looked as if this was actually going to be a transaction," said Sgt. Demetri Konstantopouls of the Sarasota Police Department.

Police said that Macharie paid the undercover officer $20 for an undisclosed sexual act, MyFoxTampa reports. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Authorities clarified the location of the alleged sexual solicitation.

“He did not want to have the intercourse inside the bus,” Konstantopoulos said.

Macharie was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

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