On-duty TriMet bus driver accused of DUII

Multnomah County
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GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – An on-duty TriMet bus driver is accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The driver was stopped Tuesday around 12:36 a.m. for speeding in the area of Southeast 223rd and Southeast Stark Street, according to Gresham Police spokesperson Detective Adam Baker. 

According to police, Lamont Biggs was driving a TriMet bus assigned to Line 20 at the time of the traffic stop. 

Police said Biggs was seen traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Southeast Stark street near Southeast 205th Avenue.

“The lone passenger on the bus left during the traffic stop and was not identified,” Baker said. “After Mr. Biggs was arrested the bus was released to a TriMet supervisor at the scene.”

Police told KOIN 6 News the driver was likely impaired by alcohol. He told the Gresham police officer he was diabetic, and that’s why he wasn’t booked into jail.

Biggs was cited and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. 

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, TriMet spokesperson Roberta Alstadt said:

TriMet is conducting an internal investigation as this is a very serious incident that, if found to be accurate, could be cause for termination under our collective bargaining agreement. While we cannot comment on personnel matters, we want to assure our riders and the public that this allegation does not reflect TriMet’s core value of safety. We have more than 1500 operators who work diligently day in and day out to provide safe transit service. An incident such as this does not reflect their commitment or TriMet’s commitment to our community. 

She added the driver is on administrative leave.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story 

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