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.

Comments (6)
  1. rich says:

    20 other adults and no one got him off the driver TYPICAL

  2. Jim VG says:

    A bus full of sheep waiting for someone else to save them. Now they will sue the bus line for not protecting them.

  3. ray says:

    Maybe it is time to put a door between the Driver and passengers.

    1. rich says:

      You would have to redesign all the buses since the area the driver is in is also the area you enter the bus and pay your money ya it could be done but i serious do not see any city county or state who ever it is that pays for the buses payin the cost to either re model the current bus or order new ones

  4. Fappin Beauty says:

    I thought it was Rip Torn!

  5. Kid says:

    20 other adults and not 1 other person can take down or restrain a 59 year old guy?

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