- Created on Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00
A man became irritated when a bus driver ordered him to stop smoking, so he set her hair on fire. Authorities said that 63-year-old Michael Douglas Freeman of Georgia, was close to his stop when he decided to smoke a cigarette. Bus driver Linda Grandt, who was driving the 20-seater bus carrying Freeman and another passenger, ordered him to stop smoking. Instead of following her instructions, Freeman, who was drunk, snatched the keys from the ignition, took out his lighter, and set the driver's hair on fire. Grandt and the other passenger managed to put out the fire, and they fled. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said that Freeman then took control of the bus and led police on a chase through two counties with speeds of 95 miles per hour. He only stopped when a police officer rammed a car into the side of the bus at about 3:30 p.m. Freeman was arrested on charges including battery, aggravated assault, evading police and driving drunk.