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Choir face-off with Czech cops over bus driver

The Local · 29 Jun 2012, 07:00

Published: 29 Jun 2012 07:00 GMT+02:00

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The driver had parked illegally in the small Czech town of Krumau on the Moldau River, while the singers took a walk around, with many visiting the rose festival there, last Sunday.

The illegal parking led to a confrontation between the driver and local police officers.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung said on Thursday that the driver ran off after the police demanded he pay a 2,000 Krone fine in local currency.

When he returned he found the cops had clamped the bus, but managed to lever it off, loaded up his passengers and set off for Germany.

The paper said that Czech media reported that the police had set up a road block after the driver fled the town and that he nearly hit a pedestrian while reversing to avoid it.

But choir members Ingrid Jacob und Friedhelm Röhrig defended the driver and told the Süddeutsche Zeitung the Czech cops hunted him down and attacked him.

They said the narrow roads on the way back to Germany prevented the bus from stopping safely and that the driver was not trying to flee.

The paper quoted passengers saying the police had their guns out when they approached the bus, panicking the driver so much he hid in a luggage compartment.

The choir refused to hand him over, and a two-hour stand-off ensued, during which the singers tried to call the German embassy in Prague as well as police at home in Lower Bavaria.

But Czech police managed to get back-up in the shape of special commandos, who persuaded the choir to open the bus doors – and then electro-shocked and arrested the driver.

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The choir got home to the town of Mitterskirchen with a six-hour delay while the driver was held by the Czech police for questioning. By the time he made it home a few days later the bus company had sacked him.

Since then another passenger has spoken to the local Rottaler Anzeiger newspaper and said the driver had threatened the police and tried to plough through a police blockade.

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19:18 June 29, 2012 by Englishted
"By the time he made it home a few days later the bus company had sacked him. "

So much for those powerful employment protection laws in Germany ,not even allowed a hearing .

As for those Czech police, remind me not to go there ,in case I forgot my toothbrush because the "fine" would be higher than charge in their cattle prods.
23:00 June 29, 2012 by wood artist
I think I'm missing something here. The guy supposedly parked the bus "incorrectly." He got a parking ticket...for about US $40 or so. That "fine" sounds reasonable, at least by US standards. I'm assuming he wasn't seriously endangering anyone...like blocking access for the fire department or whatever.

So...after a confrontation, they put a "boot" on the bus. That sounds a bit extreme. Everything that follows makes little sense. This guy isn't a serious criminal, and, in fact, it's unlikely this would ever even appear in a court unless the driver wanted to fight it in the first place. Chasing him down seems like serious overkill, and from there it just got stupid.

Worst case, he doesn't pay the fine. Somebody lost their head about this whole affair, and it's likely not the driver. Good Grief! Time to grow up.

13:24 July 5, 2012 by skyvlk
According to the police report:

- He refused to pay the fine and they used a wheel clamp.

- He then removed the clamp while city cops went to ask for assistance from state cops. When they arrived on the scene, they found only the removed clamp.

- They catched up with the bus and signalled several times to the driver to pull over. He refused.

- They managed to stop him with a car barricade, but after telling him to get out, he tried to run over two policemen.

- After that he still refused to open the bus, and he even pulled up a long metal rod and threatened the police. He used it to push one policemen from hid driver's window..

After that cops decided to ask for special unit, seeing as the situation was going nowhere and the people in the bus started to collapse under high temperature.

End of the official line. I know better than to trust the report completely, but it's obvious that he screwed up big time several times. He fully deserved to be fired.
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