bus incident

A Deschutes County jury found former bus driver Michael Lee Brinster guilty on Wednesday of choking and assaulting Dorian Zane Allstot on a Cascades East Transit bus in 2020. This still image of the incident came from a camera on the bus.

A Bend bus driver who grabbed and choked a man to unconsciousness because the man was not wearing shoes while riding the bus was found guilty Wednesday of strangulation and assault.

A Deschutes County jury found Michael Lee Brinster guilty of choking and assaulting the passenger, Dorian Zane Allstot, but not guilty of menacing in the widely publicized incident in 2020.

A Bend bus driver has been charged with assault for putting a passenger in a chokehold, a week after forcing the man off the bus for not wearing shoes.

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Bryce Dole is a crime and public safety reporter with The Bulletin. He previously worked as a reporter with the East Oregonian. He grew up in Grants Pass and has lived in Oregon all his life.

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So a guy reaches for knife and threatens you and you are not allowed to defend yourself?

Why is it that homeless people are not expected to abide by the same laws as the rest of us.

This ruling is utter bs. Hummel is basically saying that the good law abiding citizens in this county have no rights to feel safe and secure here.


correction: Allstot isn't homeless but was "experiencing homelessness", kind of like it's a communicable disease or weather event.


Perhaps he's not homeless anymore, but was at the time? No need to be crass.


"Allstot was charged on suspicion of spitting on and threatening Brinster, but those charges were dismissed in March."

He was not abiding by the law, which is why he was charged. It's right in the article.


What law? COIC said there was no rule that said he had to have shoes on.

Transitory Inflation

Not even close.


The former driver said he reached for his knife. That is not proof that he did. The former driver also said he was supposed to be wearing shoes; which COIC says was no rule. The ex-driver could not just make up his own rules. What laws do you think he violated?

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