Nova Scotia

Metro Transit driver attacked by motorist

A 41-year-old man is facing charges of assault and uttering threats after a road rage incident in downtown Halifax, police say.

 A 41-year-old man is facing charges of assault and uttering threats after a road rage incident in downtown Halifax, police say.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a motorist got into a dispute with the driver of a Metro Transit bus on Albemarle Street, near Duke Street.

Metro Transit spokewoman Lori Patterson said the incident began when the bus driver tried to make a stop near Scotia Square, and some cars were parked in the bus stop.

"The operator gave a toot of his horn to indicate to people they should move out of the bus stop," she said.

"One of the drivers in the cars obviously took exception to this and started a verbal exchange out of his window."

The motorist then got out of his vehicle and boarded the bus and started hitting the driver, Patterson said.

One passenger tried to stop the assault while others called 911.

"At this point, the operator got off the bus because he can get out the driver's side on this particular model of bus," Patterson said.

The attacker followed him hitting him in the chest and threatening him. Passengers also got off the bus and tried to stop the assault.

When the motorist tried to move his car out of the bus stop, one passenger tried to block his escape by standing in front of the car.

The man put the car in drive, and struck the Good Samaritan, knocking him to the ground.

That's when police arrived and arrested the man.

The man scheduled to be in Halifax provincial court Friday to face several charges including uttering threats, assault and assault with a weapon.

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