Pleasanton police arrested a woman passenger but released the male driver after searching their pickup truck that was parked near Hart Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning as students walked by on their way to school.
Police were called after Hart Principal Steve Maher, alerted by students, became suspicious of the couple, who had parked alongside a sidewalk used by students going to school. The driver, who police found was on probation for an earlier conviction, told police he was waiting for the nearby Alameda County Superior Courthouse to open so that he could respond to a summons. Police cited the woman passenger for having a small amount of methamphetamine in her possession.
Maher, who went to investigate after students alerted him to the parked truck, said he became uncomfortable with the couple's comments about why they were there and asked the police department to check them out.
During the incident and as a precaution, Maher and other school staff directed arriving students into the school gymnasium and library. Students were allowed to go to their classes after police arrived and the pickup truck was moved.