Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Police: Threats on bus lead to arrest, shut down HOV lanes
UPDATE (3:12 p.m.):
Police have charged a New Jersey man in connection with the early-morning incident that forced a Greyhound bus to stop and shut down HOV lanes in Dale City.
David A. Servais, a 23-year-old Millville, N.J., resident faces charges of making a bomb threat, forcible abduction, being drunk in public, possession of synthetic marijuana (spice) and for being a fugitive.
Police said that at about 3:30 a.m., on the bus headed from Richmond to New York, Servais threatened passengers and at one point moved to the front to prevent anyone from leaving. He then barricaded himself in the bathroom, which is in the back of the bus.
The driver at some point pulled to the shoulder of the northbound HOV lanes, near exit 156, according to police.
A passenger called 911 and troopers headed to the scene. Once there, they helped get everyone off the bus.
In all, not including the suspect, 38 passengers and the driver got off the bus safely, said Corinne Geller with the state police. The suspect eventually was arrested without incident. The passengers were taken to a Greyhound bus terminal.
A canine from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office checked the bus for explosives. The dog did not detect anything and the bus was deemed safe.
Geller said the HOV lanes were reopened by 6:45 a.m.
Only minor delays were reported, according to Kelly Hannon with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
An early-morning incident in Dale City Wednesday ended with an evacuated Greyhound bus and an arrest. The incident also shut down northbound Interstate 95 HOV lanes.
Virginia State Police said that a 911 call came in at 3:31 a.m. about a man “making threatening comments” on the Greyhound headed from Richmond to New York.
Troopers responded and evacuated the bus, said spokeswoman Corinne Geller. She said the male suspect at first refused to leave the bus but was eventually taken into custody.
Geller said that because of the alleged threats by the man, police searched the bus “for any suspicious packages,” but turned up nothing.
State police sent out a notice earlier today saying the HOV lanes were expected to open by about 6:30 a.m.
The incident remains under investigation. Police have not yet released the suspect’s name or the charges against him.
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