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Bus pepper spray attack on I-80

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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UPDATE: 12:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1: PEPPER SPRAY TERROR ON INTERSTATE 80 IN AUBURN

 

A 60-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday after a pepper spray attack on Greyhound bus passengers as it traveled through Auburn on Interstate 80.

Authorities say the attack late Tuesday resulted in up to 25 people being affected by the spray.

The bus driver was able to stop at Bowman along the side of westbound I-80 and emergency personnel soon converged on the scene. Dispatchers initially reported one passenger suffered an injured leg after attempting to escape through a window.

The Highway Patrol said that the passenger jumped out of the bus window into traffic lanes to escape the pepper-spray attack.

The incident took place at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, drawing five ambulances to the scene as well as the California Highway Patrol and Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The man suspected of wielding the pepper-spray canister also exited the bus and attempted to flee by stopping a van on I-80, jumping on the vehicle’s roof and punching the vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to convince the driver to let him in, the Highway Patrol said.

Arrested was Edward Charles McLeod. He was booked into Placer County Jail in North Auburn on suspicion of battery against a public transit employee or passenger, being a felon in possession of pepper spray, assault, battery and possession of suspected heroin or cocaine. Bail was set at $385,000.

Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, bus passengers were transferred to another Greyhound to continue their journey. One passenger was transported from the scene and taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for medical treatment, the Highway Patrol reported.

ORIGINAL REPORT: BUS PEPPER SPRAY ATTACK ON I-80

A man is behind bars today on suspicion of attacking passengers on a Greyhound bus with pepper spray as it traveled on Interstate 80 through Auburn.

Authorities say the attack resulted in up to 25 people being affected by the spray. The bus driver was able to stop at Bowman along westbound I-80 and emergency personnel soon converged on the scene. Dispatchers initially reported one passenger suffered an injured leg after attempting to escape through a window.

The incident took place at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, drawing five ambulances to the scene as well as the California Highway Patrol and Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The Journal will update this report as more information becomes available, including details on the man arrested at the scene.