Man charged after taking the wheel of Summit Stage bus
Ryan Summerlin March 2, 2013
Four passengers of a Summit Stage bus got a shock when a fellow passenger took control of the wheel Thursday night, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The bus was stopped at River Run in Keystone when the driver momentarily left the vehicle for a restroom break. Joshua Taylor Mock, 23, dressed in dark clothing and a black balaclava, allegedly took advantage of the driver’s absence and drove the bus away from the station, deputies say.
Four other passengers were on board at the time when the bus, scheduled to go to Silverthorne, instead began erratically making its way along Montezuma Road. The concerned passengers called 911 to report the incident.
The bus traveled only a few miles before it left the main road and became stuck in the snow near mile marker 2 on Montezuma Road. When deputies from the sheriff’s office responded, they say they located Mock walking on the road approximately half a mile from the scene of the accident. He gave no indication of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The passengers identified him as the driver of the bus and he was arrested.
Mock, who has no address, was booked into the Summit County Jail. He is being charged with four counts of second-degree kidnapping, first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, hindering public transportation, reckless endangerment and violation of bond conditions.