Man faces felony charge after allegedly punching Greyhound bus driver during Memorial weekend trip |

Man faces felony charge after allegedly punching Greyhound bus driver during Memorial weekend trip

Nevada County Sheriff's Office/Courtesy photoDavid Lewis Short, 37, of Nevada City, in this Saturday, May 29, 2010, booking photo.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A Nevada City man is charged with felony battery after authorities say he punched a Greyhound bus driver during a Saturday trip from Colfax to Reno before being subdued with a Taser near the Hirschdale Road exit of Interstate 80.

David Lewis Short, 37, was extremely intoxicated during the bus ride, said officer Jim Hardy of the California Highway Patroland#8217;s Truckee Office, when he allegedly repeatedly shouted racial slurs at a group of African American men on the bus while it was traveling on eastbound I-80 near Truckee.

A friend of Short allegedly tried to calm him down, at which point Short began to punch the man. The two got into a fist fight, Hardy said.

At about 4 p.m., Short allegedly demanded the bus driver stop the bus and let him off, Hardy said. After the bus driver refused, Short allegedly began punching him in the head while he was driving, Hardy said.

The bus driver pulled off the road at the Hirschdale Road exit, where Shortand#8217;s friend allegedly pushed him out of the bus and told the driver to close the doors and pull away. Short allegedly got into another fist fight with his friend after the doors closed as his friend attempted to restrain him.

A CHP officer arrived, and Short allegedly proceeded to walk between the eastbound lanes of I-80 near the Hirschdale on-ramp, Hardy said. Short refused to come to the shoulder where the officer waited for him and bolted across the eastbound lanes, over the median and across the westbound lanes when the officer threatened to pursue him, Hardy said.

The officer was unable to safely cross the highway immediately due to heavy traffic, and Short made it onto the Hirschdale Road off-ramp. At the bottom of the ramp, he crossed onto Boca Stampede Road, Hardy said. There, he allegedly jumped in front of a car, bringing it to a halt, and tried to enter the vehicle through the passenger-side door. The occupants locked the car as the CHP officer caught up to Short, Hardy said.

Short allegedly tried to fight the officer off, and the officer had to Taser him into submission, Hardy said. The officer arrested him at 4:08 p.m.

Officers booked Short on the felony charge of battery on a transportation worker, as well as public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

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