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Bus rider's low ride pants lead to dispute, arrest

Bus rider's low ride pants lead to dispute, arrest

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Larry Wilks' low ride pants on a Metro bus got him a slow ride in a police car, authorities reported.

Wilks, 20, didn't take lightly a request by the bus driver to pull up his pants, which apparently were low enough to allow his underwear and buttocks to be seen by others on the bus, including several elderly passengers, Madison police said.

His refusal to comply escalated into a shouting match, police were called, and Wilks eventually was taken to jail in handcuffs.

The 20-year-old Madison man was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest, following the incident that happened the night of June 11 at the west transfer point on Tokay Boulevard, Madison police said.

According to the police report, the bus driver didn't feel it was appropriate for Wilks to be seen by others on the bus considering his dress, but Wilks felt otherwise.

"Wilks and three other unidentified subjects began to verbally attack the 45-year-old bus driver," said police spokesman Howard Payne. "He said 'You can't tell me what to do, and you better drive this bus.'"

When the verbal attack continued, the bus driver called police.

Wilks told police that he "didn't have to do anything" and allegedly got into a fight with the officer before being put into handcuffs, under arrest.

Others at the scene, apparently angered over the arrest, encircled the officer and Wilks, prompting the officer to call for backup.

"After the scene was calmed, Wilks stated he was not afraid to go to jail, and that proved to be directly in line with the officer's decision," Payne said.


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