Irate Passenger Tries To Take Over Orange County Bus
SANTA ANA (CBS) — An unruly passenger aboard an Orange County bus wrestled away control of the steering wheel when he thought the driver missed his exit, police reported.
Placentia resident Robert Galantine, 59, became enraged and approached the bus driver, trying to take over the wheel, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The bus was headed south in the carpool lane of the Sacramento (5) Freeway, Amormino said.
Galantine reached over two separate times trying to steer the bus off freeway, according to authorities.
Amormino said the driver tried to use his emergency radio to call in for help and Galantine reached over and pulled the radio off the console.
About 20 people and two children were aboard the bus at the time.
The driver managed to get the bus off the freeway, exiting on Culver Drive in Irvine, and the suspect fled the vehicle.
Galantine reportedly ran into a nearby shopping center, where Irvine police reportedly arrested him.
No one was injured, according to Amormino.
Authorities commended the bus driver for keeping a strong hold on the wheel and preventing the bus from crashing.