The transient was quick to anger, but quick to apologize.
He told Tacoma police he didn’t mean to break a window on a Pierce Transit bus but was angry the driver wouldn’t let him ride for free. He told jail employees he banged his head against the partition in the patrol car because he was dehydrated.
Pierce County prosecutors charged the 45-year-old transient with first-degree malicious mischief. He was arraigned Monday and released on his own recognizance.
The disturbance occurred Friday.
According to charging papers:
A Pierce Transit bus driver refused to let the transient ride the bus for free so the transient began yelling and cursing at him.
Later on the bus route, the transient again tried to get on the bus for free but the driver refused to open the door for him.
“The defendant again started yelling and cussing and as he walked away the defendant struck one of the windows on the bus with his fist,” documents state.
The window cracked in multiple directions and had to be taken out of service.
Police found and arrested the transient, who told officers he was already angry because of issues with the state Department of Social and Health Services and became angrier once he wasn’t allowed to ride the bus free of charge.
He apologized for his behavior but ranted at the officers on the drive to Pierce County Jail, slamming his head against the partition during the drive.