Friday, February 15, 2008

And You Thought Egged Bus Drivers Are Bad

Police say the driver of a bus filled with about 40 former prison inmates abandoned the vehicle Thursday along a highway because her working hours for the day were over...They were aboard a Greyhound charter headed to a bus terminal in Dallas, but wound up 60 miles short.

"In 31 years in law enforcement I've never seen anything like this," Corsicana Police Sgt. Lamoin Lawhon told the Corsicana Daily Sun.

Police said the bus was chartered from Greyhound Bus Lines Inc. The driver pulled over in front of a convenience store around 4 p.m. and told the passengers her allotted driving time was up and another driver was on the way. A clerk in the convenience store called police. Officers arrived to find the former prisoners milling around the bus.

Police said dispatchers exchanged several phone calls with Greyhound officials and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin.

Lawhon and two other officers stayed with the bus and the parolees. Just before 7 p.m., a second bus arrived with three drivers - including the one who had abandoned her passengers in the first place, Lawhon said.

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