Frank Kennedy jailed over Dumbarton Road bus madness
Published: 15th Dec 2011 13:02:42
A man who caused mayhem after driving off while drunk in a bus with passengers, police and paramedics onboard, has been jailed for 24 months.
Frank Kennedy, 27, admitted taking control of the number 66 First Bus in Yoker, Glasgow, on 2 September.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the driver and a female police officer were flung from the bus which smashed into an ambulance and other vehicles.
The bus was stopped after Kennedy's friend had been assaulted.
The court heard how bus driver Pawel Smetek stopped the vehicle after Kennedy's friend Steven McNee had been assaulted by another passenger.
Mr Smetek left his cab to dial 999 - but the key remained in the ignition as it was fixed.
Emergency services arrived and boarded the bus before Kennedy - who did not have a licence - was spotted getting behind the wheel.
Witnesses watched as Kennedy revved the bus and drove off with eight other passengers on board as well as two police officers and three paramedics.
Your record would frankly astonish, perhaps even shock members of the public”
Police constables Alana MacKinnon and Karin Buchanan tried to grab Kennedy, who swerved the single-decker.
The court heard how Mr Smetek and PC Buchanan were thrown from the open door of the bus before Kennedy smashed into a paramedic vehicle and an MG sports car.
Paramedics and some passengers tried to help Pc MacKinnon as she continued to struggle with Kennedy.
The bus then veered across the road striking a police vehicle and an ambulance.
A fence which was damaged then struck a car, before the bus came to a halt at an angle across Dumbarton Road.
The court heard how paramedics, police and passengers helped to restrain Kennedy who was eventually hand-cuffed.
When he was charged he said to police: "What do you think I will get for this?"
The court heard that the area of Dumbarton Road affected was closed for three hours while a clean-up was carried out.
The front of the bus was also badly damaged. PC Buchanan was treated for a knee injury.
Jailing Kennedy, Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC told him: "I will start with your record, because your record would frankly astonish, perhaps even shock members of the public."
He also pointed out Kennedy had a string of previous convictions and started with assault and robbery and "continued much the same way".
The sheriff also added: "The public has to be protected from you, I regard these as serious charges and a custodial sentence must be imposed."
Kennedy was also banned from holding or obtaining a driving licence for five years.
At 00:39:36 in WorldCampaigners in the US are calling for the release of a man in Missouri serving a life sentence without parole for a marijuana offence. They are crowdfunding and using the hashtag #FreeJeff.
At 00:34:38 in SportIt was supposed to be his party.
At 00:34:24 in WorldThe Kuwaiti government's decision to revoke the nationalities of the owner of a pro-opposition TV channel and newspaper, and a former MP along with three members of his family, has sparked fears for the political future of the Gulf state.
At 00:21:57 in WorldExactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England.
At 00:21:15 in EnglandWhen a postbox mysteriously appeared on the side of a bridge last year it made international headlines and flummoxed spoon bender extraordinaire Uri Geller. But who is the prankster behind this and many other japes?
At 00:20:45 in SportArsenal are close to completing the signing of Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee of about £16m.
At 00:19:07 in EnglandAs the Giants roam Liverpool's streets watched by hundreds of thousands of people, there can be no doubting their cultural value. But does anyone outside the region care?
At 00:18:11 in WorldThe Peruvian government says it will auction gold watches and other jewellery seized from ex-intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos.
At 00:16:49 in ScotlandScots actress Karen Gillan is to appear in her biggest movie role yet in Marvel's sci-fi action adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.
At 00:16:03 in ScotlandRacing legend Sir Jackie Stewart's first ever race car is set to go under the hammer.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. Frank Kennedy jailed over Dumbarton Road bus madness [Online] (Updated 15th Dec 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/210780/Frank-Kennedy-jailed-over-Dumbarton-Road-bus-madness [Accessed 26th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
Eleanor Bron has joined the cast of Radio 4's rural drama series The Archers, playing a character who first appeared in it 60 years ago.
People who are ignoring signs not to walk along a County Antrim coastal path are putting their lives at risk, the mayor of Carrickfergus has warned.
Nine people have been rescued after getting cut off by an incoming tide at Rhyl.
A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets.
Scots actress Karen Gillan is to appear in her biggest movie role yet in Marvel's sci-fi action adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com