Little holiday cheer for MBTA driver

On January 3, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police officers were dispatched to a Broadway location on Christmas Eve on reports of a dispute between a MBTA bus driver and a passenger.

Upon arrival, officers separated a man, later identified as Peter Piantidosi, of Andover, and female bus driver.

The bus driver reportedly stated that a car was blocking the bus stop. She said that she attempted to back, but was unable to do so.

The bus driver then said a passenger got off the bus and attempted to knock on the window of the car, asking for it to move so the bus could pull into the spot. The passenger reportedly told police that he did in fact get off the bus, knocked on the passenger side widow in an attempt to have the vehicle moved. The passenger stated that Piantidosi came out of a nearby business and told him not to touch the car. The passenger said that at this point the bus driver let him back on the bus and she closed the doors.

Another passenger reportedly told police that an argument did take place between the bus driver and Piantidosi. This passenger said that she also asked Piantidosi to move the car and stated that he began screaming at her.

The bus driver confirmed that an argument broke out between herself and Piantidosi, and she got back on the bus and waited for the arrival of the police officers.

After speaking to the bus driver and passengers, the officers attempted to question Piantidosi about what had taken place, but he immediately became loud and boisterous about the parking spot and the bus stop, according to reports.

The officers reportedly told Piantidosi numerous times to lower his voice so they could speak with him, but he continued his tumultuous behavior by flailing his arms and continuing to yell.

Piantidosi reportedly stepped towards one of the officers, squaring his body off chest to chest, and continued raising his voice.

The officers instructed Piantidosi numerous times to step back or he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. At this point, numerous passengers were off the bus and there was a small crowd gathered, watching the exchange between the officers and Piantidosi.

According to reports, Piantidosi began waving his hand at one of the officers, at which time he was told to take his hand out of officer’s face or he would be arrested. Piantidosi then reportedly said, “Then just arrest me.”

At this time the officer’s attempted to place Piantidosi into custody, but he reportedly  tensed his body and pulled his arm’s away from the officers to resist their efforts to place him into custody.

After a brief struggle, the officers were able to place Piantidosi into custody. Piantidosi was transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters, where he was subsequently booked for charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

 

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