On May 27th, 2015 at approximately 7:12 am, West Shore RCMP responded to a report that a BC Transit bus driver had been assaulted by a passenger.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Peatt Road and Millstream Road in Langford in which it is believed a disagreement occurred between the driver and a passenger over the fare. The passenger got off the bus after allegedly hitting the bus driver and fled the area on foot. He was located shortly after by the BC Transit Supervisor and held for responding officers.
“BC Transit is an integral part of our communities here on the West Shore”, states Cst. Alex Berube of the West Shore RCMP. “Anytime the safety of BC Transit staff or passengers is jeopardized, we will ensure a thorough investigation is conducted, and lay criminal charges where warranted.”
BC Ambulance Service attended the scene and examined the driver, who did not suffer any apparent injury.
The passenger, a 22 year old Saanich man, was arrested and is facing a charge of assault. He was released on a Promise to Appear on September 3rd, 2015 in the Western Communities Provincial Court. He is prohibited from having any contact with the affected driver, pending his first appearance.