Threatening or injuring the driver or another passenger on a public transportation vehicle is charged as Endangering Public Transportation in Denver, Golden, and Brighton. A man is facing this charge, amongst others, after threatening to attack the driver of a Greyhound bus, causing the bus to crash. According to the report, the man had a knife and was threatening to use it against the driver and other passengers on the bus. He tried to attack the driver, and grabbed the steering wheel causing the crash. A passenger intervened, and the man got off the bus until he was confronted by someone with a gun outside the bus and dropped the knife. He was arrested and charged with multiple crimes.
Jefferson County Endangering Public Transportation Lawyer: Definition of Endangering Public Transportation in Adams County
The Jefferson and Adams County, Colorado law definition of Endangering Public Transportation – C.R.S. 18-9-115 – is:
“(1) A person commits endangering public transportation if such person:
(a) Tampers with a facility of public transportation with intent to cause any damage, malfunction, nonfunction, theft, or unauthorized removal of material which would result in the creation of a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to anyone; or
(b) Stops or boards a public conveyance with the intent of committing a crime thereon; or
(c) On a public conveyance, knowingly threatens any operator, crew member, attendant, or passenger:
(I) With death or imminent serious bodily injury; or
(II) With a deadly weapon or with words or actions intended to induce belief that such person is armed with a deadly weapon; or
(d) On a public conveyance:
(I) Knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person; or
(II) With criminal negligence causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon.”
The man would likely be facing charges under subsection (c)(II) because he used a knife, which is a deadly weapon.
Sentence for Endangering Public Transportation in Douglas and Arapahoe County
In Arapahoe and Douglas County, Endangering Public Transportation is a class 3 felony, which is punishable by 4 to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $750,000 in fines. While that may not seem over the top for the situation above, it seems a little excessive for some of the other situations.
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