Disruptive bus passenger arrested after allegedly assaulting driver

A disruptive passenger on a B.C. Transit bus was arrested by Saanich police Monday morning after allegedly assaulting the driver.

Around 8:30 a.m., the passenger began yelling profanities at another person who had just sat down, said Saanich police spokesperson Const. Markus Anastasiades.

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When the bus arrived at the next stop, in the 1600-block of Cedar Hill Cross Road, the driver asked the man to leave. Police said the passenger refused, then approached the driver, yelled profanities and tried to initiate a fight.

The man then reached around the clear safety divider and tried to assault the driver, Anastasiades said.

A physical altercation ensued and the man left the bus.

Saanich police were called and officers arrested a 34-year-old man. He is facing one count of assault.

The driver was not injured.

— Times Colonist

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