Man filmed stopping SBS Transit bus along Serangoon Road arrested

A man who was filmed stopping a public bus in the middle of Serangoon Road has been arrested by the police. -- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM FACEBOOK PAGE OF SG SHARE
A man who was filmed stopping a public bus in the middle of Serangoon Road has been arrested by the police. -- PHOTO: SCREEN CAPTURE FROM FACEBOOK PAGE OF SG SHARE

A man who was filmed stopping a public bus in the middle of Serangoon Road has been arrested by the police.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Saturday. An SBS Transit service 65 bus had pulled out of a bus stop in front of a Hindu temple along Serangoon Road, when the 51-year-old man rushed across the road from the right.

He stood in front of the bus which was already on the second lane of the road, obstructed it and demanded that the bus driver allow him to board the bus. After the bus driver refused to do so, the man hit and kicked the exterior of the bus. Bus operator SBS Transit said the left rear mirror and front wiper of the bus was damaged.

 

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After the bus driver refused to do so, the man hit and kicked the exterior of the bus. Bus operator SBS Transit said the left rear mirror and front wiper of the bus was damaged.

The incident was caught on video by one of the passengers on the bus.

The video, which has been shared on various websites including citizen journalism website Stomp, shows a passer-by coming forward to advise the man to get back on the pavement.

The bus driver called the company's operations control centre, which in turn contacted the police.

The police received a call at 6.12pm for assistance at 555 Serangoon Road, said its spokesman.

Officers arrested the man in relation to the incident, and investigations are ongoing, he added.

The Straits Times understands the man who blocked the bus was drunk.

SBS Transit said the incident disrupted the trip for 45 passengers on board the bus, which could move off only after the man retreated to the pavement.