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Medical emergency aboard a North County Transit bus

Hostile passenger hogtied with help from eight deputies

A North County Transit District bus driver reported a medical emergency with a passenger aboard his bus at around 2:00 p.m. on October 4.

Prior to the ambulance arriving, the driver pulled the bus into the Encinitas transit station, where he was met by a sheriff’s deputy. The other passengers and bus driver quickly disembarked from the bus.

When approached by the deputy, the passenger became enraged, requiring the deputy to call for immediate back-up. Within a few moments, seven other deputies arrived to forcibly remove the passenger from the bus.

The passenger was placed on the ground and needed to be restrained in hog-tied fashion. A “spit sock” was placed over his head to prevent the deputies from being sprayed with his saliva. He was loaded onto a gurney for transport by paramedics. He continued to curse and scream at the deputies and paramedics and thrashed around even though he was completely restrained.

A deputy on the scene did not know the exact story as to what had happened on the bus because the first deputy to respond had already taken off with the paramedics.

Two other deputies, going through the person’s backpack, were overheard mentioning something about “women panties” and “stolen items.”

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A North County Transit District bus driver reported a medical emergency with a passenger aboard his bus at around 2:00 p.m. on October 4.

Prior to the ambulance arriving, the driver pulled the bus into the Encinitas transit station, where he was met by a sheriff’s deputy. The other passengers and bus driver quickly disembarked from the bus.

When approached by the deputy, the passenger became enraged, requiring the deputy to call for immediate back-up. Within a few moments, seven other deputies arrived to forcibly remove the passenger from the bus.

The passenger was placed on the ground and needed to be restrained in hog-tied fashion. A “spit sock” was placed over his head to prevent the deputies from being sprayed with his saliva. He was loaded onto a gurney for transport by paramedics. He continued to curse and scream at the deputies and paramedics and thrashed around even though he was completely restrained.

A deputy on the scene did not know the exact story as to what had happened on the bus because the first deputy to respond had already taken off with the paramedics.

Two other deputies, going through the person’s backpack, were overheard mentioning something about “women panties” and “stolen items.”

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If the driver called for help with a medical emergency he might have been calling in code for help with an off-the-wall passenger or with a real danger to others. Or, it might have been his/her best shot at getting a fast response. The outcome doesn't sound like any sort of actual medical emergency. Having to hog-tie a suspect in order to achieve restraint is pretty drastic, and this sounds as if it was just a wacko going off the deep end. PCP?

Oct. 6, 2013

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