An intoxicated man who got bored waiting for a bus to take him home, hit upon the ingenious idea of driving a Kerala RTC bus himself to reach his destination. But he ran out of luck and ended up in the police station.
The man stole a Kerala RTC bus parked at the Kollam stand and was picked up by police after he met with an accident, late on Sunday night.
Aloysius, 25, who reached Kollam city to meet his friend was in an inebriated condition and wanted to get back home in Attingal of Thiruvananthapuram. Since he failed to get any bus and also couldnâ€™t board due to rush in some of the buses, he decided to pick up a bus parked in the Kollam city bus stand.
Many buses with keys in them, were parked near the bus stand in Ashramam road. Aloysius picked a fast passenger bus that was to leave Thiruvananthapuram early morning. After driving for about five kilometres in Chinnakada, the bus crashed into a 11-kV electric post inside the median there.
â€śHearing the loud noise, people gathered and the electricity in the area also went. Police night patrol team rushed to the spot and this person was standing near the vehicle among other spectators, as if nothing had happened. But since he had left one of his chappals inside the bus, police could identify him as the culprit. He has been arrested,â€ť a police officer from Kollam East station said.
Aloysius told police that he had lost patience waiting for the bus, late at night. He also reportedly asked police to arrange another bus for him to drive home and promised them that he would return the bus.
According to The Hindu report, KSRTC officials said the bus had incurred damage of more than Rs 25,000 and the KSEB would have to replace the electric post, which had a concrete base.