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UK News Passenger tells of nightmare trip as 'under the influence' driver abandons bus in Glasgow

21:25  26 october  2019
21:25  26 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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a bus driving down a street next to a car: The scene on Argyle Street in Finnieston after the passengers were left stranded © Tim Bill The scene on Argyle Street in Finnieston after the passengers were left stranded

A bus passenger has told of her journey from hell after a driver accused of being 'under the influence' was arrested in Glasgow.

Witnesses have told how the First Bus employee, who appeared confused and unsteady on his feet, fled officers on foot after parking the vehicle on Argyle Street at around 2.20pm on Saturday.

One woman who was on the bus told the Record how a passenger had to stop the bus from moving when the driver abandoned it following a bizarre journey which saw him take a series of wrong turns.

She said: "There were lots of older people on that bus who were very shaken up."

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a double decker bus driving down a city street: Passengers were left abandoned on the bus on Argyle Street after the driver ran off © Glasgow Live/Tim Bill Passengers were left abandoned on the bus on Argyle Street after the driver ran off

The woman, who does not want to be named, said the driver boarded the 60A bus on Duke Street at around 1.50pm but proceeded to drive the wrong route.

When he was challenged by passengers over his wrong turns the driver he allegedly told them he was a number 2 bus.

She said: "It wasn't until he got off and looked at the front of the bus that he believed it was a 60A.

"At this point I turned around and said to one of the passengers 'I think he's under the influence'.

"He almost mounted the pavement when he pulled over in Finnieston. He got out of the cab and exited the bus but it was still moving because he hadn't engaged the handbrake.

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"One of the passengers had to stop the bus from rolling forward into the cars.

"The driver then jumped back on, grabbed a bottle of water from his bag and ran off again.

"We were lucky we didn't hit anything or anyone.

a car parked on a city street: Police officers arrive at the scene after passengers were left with no driver on their bus © Glasgow Live/Tim Bill Police officers arrive at the scene after passengers were left with no driver on their bus

"One of the passengers got off and ran over to police who were nearby. They went after him."

First Bus staff then arrived on the scene and the passengers were asked to remain on the bus to give statements to police.

Tim Bill, who was visiting a friend who works in a bar across the road, claims an officer told him the driver had "parked up and ran away" from the scene after being followed by cops.

Pictures show the bus was parked across from Kent Road, close to the car in front and two police cars parked nearby.

Mr Bill told Glasgow Live : "There were about three or four police cars and 10 officers when I got there.

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The trip had been planned as a surprise Christmas present for his wife and he said they were "absolutely gutted". Jessica, Abby and Robyn work for a recruitment agency and were due to return to Jersey via Exeter Airport after a business trip .

"I went out and had a wee chat with some of the police, they said the bus was tailed up Argyle Street because it was going in the wrong direction."

One picture showed that, when the bus lights were switched back on, the destination read Milngavie via city centre 60A, which serves a route between Easterhouse, Dennistoun and the city centre before heading to Maryhill and Milngavie.

Mr Bill added: "There were five or six 'yellow vest' SPT people milling around. The bus was there for about an hour and a half before it was driven away."

a double decker bus driving down a city street: The incident took place on Argyle Street in Finnieston in Glasgow © Google Maps The incident took place on Argyle Street in Finnieston in Glasgow

Another witness, who lives nearby, claimed a man wearing "driving gear" was seen making off towards Kent Road and appeared to look unwell.

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed a driver was arrested.

He said: "A 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to a road traffic offence following an incident on a bus that was reported around 2.20pm on Argyle Street, Glasgow, on Saturday 26 October 2019.

"A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

Duncan Cameron Operations Director for First Glasgow said: “Safety is our number one priority and we are currently working with the relevant authorities regarding an incident on one of our services on Argyle Street earlier today.”

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