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Incident Report for Case #2007-88991

Incident Type

Disturbance

Incident Date

07/30/2007 - 4:17 PM

Address

4600 Block Verona Road

Arrested / Suspect(s)

Kris S. Burke, Age 31, Madison
Madison Metro Bus Driver
Status: At Large
Tentative Charge: 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety

Victim(s)

Male Black, Age 32, Madison

Details

On July 30th, shortly before 4:30 p.m., Madison Police were called to the Madison Metro bus headquarters on E. Washington Avenue to talk with a Metro supervisor about possible criminal charges against a Metro driver for an incident that took place on the driver's bus Sunday (July 29) afternoon. Officers would learn that the driver, Kris Burke, became angry after a passenger informed him that another rider had urinated in the back of the bus. Burke thought (and Metro officials say he was told) the culprit was a guy who had just gotten off the bus. The passenger that Burke believed responsible for soiling the bus then tried to get back on a short time later. He was waiting at a stop after going to the Walgreen's on Verona Road to pick up some items (a water cooler, two pairs shorts, & toilet paper) for his wife. Driver Burke refused to let him back on the bus. The man, who had his wallet out and in hand, grabbed a hold of a bus mirror as the bus sped off heading for the West Beltline. The would-be passenger said he feared for his life as he clung to the mirror. He thought if he jumped a car might hit him. During his "ride", which he estimates was 12 to 14 blocks, he dropped his wallet. Video shows the bus reached speeds of around 35 M.P.H. The victim decided to jump off before the bus got up to the beltline. Metro officials say the bus had stopped when he made his departure. The victim complained of a sore back after making the leap. He never found his wallet, and by the time he returned to the bus stop the items he had purchased for his wife were gone. The victim denies he was responsible for the mess on the bus, and bus video is inconclusive

Released 07/31/2007 at 10:40 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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