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Drunk who got on wrong bus jailed for driver attack

A drunk who attacked a bus driver after he got on the wrong bus and thought the driver was going the wrong way was jailed for three years when he appeared in Hongkou District People’s Court yesterday.

He was charged with endangering public security with dangerous means.

The court heard that the man, surnamed Zhang, was drinking spirits at his uncle’s house on December 20 last year before he decided to take the No. 745 bus home.

However, he got on a No. 749 bus by mistake. When he thought the driver, Xu, was going the wrong way, he began to badger him.

When the bus was near the junction of Yixian and Wan’an roads, Zhang hit Xu on the head and forced him to stop. Zhang then grabbed Xu by the arm and kept beating him. Passers-by alerted police, and Zhang was arrested.

In a separate case released by the Hongkou District People’s Procuratorate yesterday, a man surnamed Wang was jailed for a year for a similar offense. He had hit a bus driver who had told him to scan his public transportation card.

Wang didn’t pay when he got on the No. 134 bus on December 2 last year and argued with the driver.

He then attacked the driver when the bus was near Xiangde Road, causing the vehicle to crash into a sanitation vehicle parked at the roadside.

The driver received minor injuries.

Prosecutors said that in the two cases, the attacks posed a high risk of seriously endangering a number of people.

“The law should impose strict restrictions on these acts,” said Chen Chundan, the judge at yesterday’s hearing.

Last October, a bus veered off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Chongqing, after a passenger attacked a driver. Fifteen people died in the accident.

On January 8, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security issued a guideline on punishments for those endangering safety aboard public transport.

Based on the guideline, such attacks should be considered as endangering public security with dangerous means. The heaviest penalty is death sentence.


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