Douglas Bergeron, prosecutors say, just couldn't leave well enough alone.
When the Medford man got on a Route 117 bus with a companion on Oct. 13, he tried to pay for both both their fares with his CharlieCard, but it turned out his card didn't have enough stored value. Rather than kicking one of them off, the driver just waved them both on and told them to have a seat, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. And then, the DA's office says:
Despite being allowed to ride for free, Bergeron allegedly began a lengthy exposition of why he was traveling without any money. It included an account of his sexual activity that day and an admission that he “had to rob somebody to get some money,” but it failed to explain why he was unable to pay his fare.
At some point, Bergeron allegedly became heated and violent, shouting in the face of the driver who had allowed him to ride for free and allegedly striking him in the face. At that point, the driver lost control of the bus, which struck one parked vehicle and led to significant body damage to that vehicle and two others. The driver suffered facial contusions, a fractured finger, and a sprained wrist.
Although he was picked up within 24 hours of the crash, Bergeron's arraignment for the bus crash was delayed until today so that he could first answer other charges in Malden, the DA's office says.
At his arraignment today on charges of assault and battery on a public employee, interfering with a bus driver and three counts of wanton destruction of property, Bergeron had bail set at $300. Prosecutors had asked for $5,000 - and to have his bail on an unrelated Chelsea charge revoked. Judge Benjamin Barnes declined to do so.