Kingston Police have arrested a local individual after they created a disturbance on a Kingston Transit bus that led to passengers and the driver vacating the vehicle.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, an individual boarded a Kingston Transit bus in the city’s west end, Kingston Police shared in a media release. Once on the bus, the individual reportedly demanded that the bus immediately depart. Police said that when the driver refused to depart, the individual began to bang on the glass partition which separates the driver from the passengers. The individual eventually made their way to the back of the bus and the bus departed.
“Once the bus began operating on its scheduled route, the individual began hanging off the bus rails and banging on the windows. This caused several passengers on board to vacate their seats and make their way to the front of the bus,” Kingston Police stated.
“Due to the individual’s continued behaviour, the driver was forced to stop the bus at the intersection of Bath Road and Palace Road and contact police. Once stopped, the driver, along with all the passengers vacated the bus, leaving the individual on board.”
According to the release, the individual also assaulted one of the passengers attempting to vacate the bus by striking them in the face with a closed fist. Police said the passenger did not sustain any injuries as a result of the assault.
Members of the Kingston Police Patrol Division attended and placed the individual under arrest. The individual was then transported to Kingston Police Headquarters where, during the prisoner booking process, the individual bit an officer on the forearm, according to police.
The 39-year-old Kingston individual was charged with:
- Assaulting a peace officer
- Causing a disturbance
- Failure to comply with a release order
Police said the individual was subsequently held for a bail hearing.