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Man allegedly refuses to pay, assaults bus driver in Pearl City

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:48 a.m. HST, Mar 22, 2013

For the second time this week, a man was arrested for interfering with the operation of a city bus.

Police said a 29-year-old man, who did not have a local address, refused to pay when boarding a city bus in Pearl City early this morning.

The incident occurred at 3:40 a.m. in the 98-1200 block of Kaahumanu Street.

The suspect argued with the 56-year-old female bus driver, allegedly assaulting her before fleeing.

He was arrested for allegedly interfering with the operator of a public transit vehicle which is a class C felony, carrying a maximum fine $10,000 and five years in jail.

On Wednesday night an 18-year-old man was arrested for the same offense when he ran to the front of a bus, verbally threatened the 47-year-old male bus driver, and refused to move from the front of the bus in Waipahu on Farrington Highway.

Roger Morton, president of Oahu Transit, said the incident began as an argument between two bus passengers.

The suspect then got off the bus, “grumbling and then started banging on the side of the bus,” Morton said. The suspect then stood in front of the bus, refusing to move.

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Bdpapa wrote:
It's time to protect Bus Drivers like safety personnel.
on March 22,2013 | 08:32AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's already a felony to interfere with the bus driver.
on March 22,2013 | 08:58AM
Bdpapa wrote:
That's good news.
on March 22,2013 | 09:28AM
pandadaddy wrote:
Isn't there any way we can exterminate these kinds of people?
on March 22,2013 | 08:42AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Soylent Green
on March 22,2013 | 08:59AM
IAmSane wrote:
I suppose we could. But then who's going to drive our buses?
on March 22,2013 | 12:38PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
hahahahahhahahahahah... LIKE!
on March 22,2013 | 09:11PM
Kawipoo wrote:
New biofuel at H Power.
on March 22,2013 | 02:42PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Allow all bus drivers to carry stun guns which they can use to protect themselves from unruly passengers.
on March 22,2013 | 08:44AM
f206 wrote:
Didn't know the buses ran that early.
on March 22,2013 | 08:55AM
jess wrote:
Me neither!
on March 22,2013 | 09:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
For the second time this week a city a man was arrested for interfering with the operation of a city bus. You think a third grader wrote this? Man the SA has really degraded into a gossip rag with third grade writers and fifth grade drop out editors.
on March 22,2013 | 08:57AM
miss_laulau wrote:
I agree. This inexcusable. Don't underestimate the third graders, they probably can right better.
on March 22,2013 | 09:07AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Uh, that would be "write" better.
on March 22,2013 | 09:23AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Is that write?
on March 22,2013 | 09:35AM
saveparadise wrote:
Could be Wong.
on March 22,2013 | 10:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm sure I'm rite.
on March 22,2013 | 11:05AM
soundofreason wrote:
But two Wongs don't make a write.
on March 22,2013 | 07:36PM
loquaciousone wrote:
For the second time this week, a man was arrested for interfering with the operation of a city bus. Did the editor finally wake up and come to work?
on March 22,2013 | 01:08PM
Kawipoo wrote:
The press in this town all maxed out with a third grade education.
on March 22,2013 | 02:43PM
saveparadise wrote:
This is gonna be worse on the train. Nowhere to run or hide if someone is assaulting you.
on March 22,2013 | 10:02AM
jm3 wrote:
train? or rail...?
on March 22,2013 | 12:39PM
Allenk wrote:
The rail will have no driver to harass.
on March 22,2013 | 01:21PM
hilocal wrote:
Allenk, no turnstiles to collect the fare either, according to City Dept. of Transportation Services under Wayne Yoshioka. There will probably be a change order.
on March 23,2013 | 07:23AM
McCully wrote:
Bus drivers should carry mace to protect themselves.
on March 22,2013 | 10:41AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Breaking news: City bus drivers have been cleared to carry concealed weapons according to their 2nd amendment rites and may use deadly force if passengers do not turn off the ringer on their cell phones, eat pizza on the bus, and do not vacate the seats reserved for the elderly and handicapped for the drivers immediate family.
on March 22,2013 | 11:08AM
Wardog wrote:
Bus drivers think they own the road...
on March 22,2013 | 01:46PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Class C felony - bet he doesn't realize that if convicted, he will loose his constitutional right to the second amendment of the United States. A high price to pay for not having bus money....
on March 22,2013 | 01:49PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Geeez! Paradise has its share of crazy people!
on March 22,2013 | 07:11PM
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