OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A simple route along the west side of Olympia became a ride from hell Tuesday afternoon.
Surveillance video from the Intercity Transit bus shows a horrific attack on a driver after a confrontation and yelling turned into a beatdown.
The video shows a man swearing and harassing passengers, which drew the attention of the driver.
"I told you once. I'm not gonna tell you again," the driver said to the man, warning him to tone down his language or else he would be thrown off the bus.
Shortly afterward, the driver pulled the bus over and went to the back of the bus to get the man to leave.
"If you hit me in the face, we will fight to the death," the man said to the driver.
The driver continued to tell the man to leave and he came close, standing right next to the open door. But the man would not leave and the driver eventually tried to shove him out.
The man then began to pummel the driver, hitting him more than two dozen times. One passenger tried to pull the man off but the man paused only long enough to mock the driver.
"You bleeding? Is that real blood? Let me taste it," he said.
The man eventually left the bus and the passengers and the driver called 911. The driver went to the hospital.
Olympia police say the man could not be found at first, but eventually they used the video to identify him at the downtown transit station. He was arrested on charges of third degree assault.
Some drivers with Intercity Transit said they were disturbed by what happened but said their friend was able to get out of the hospital Tuesday evening.
So far the suspect has not been named.