After apparently sweeping more than a dozen vehicles on Saturday afternoon, a 45-year-old party bus driver was arrested by Chicago police in another example of the party bus chaos behind the longtime desire of town to call the last call on the party buses – and curb them for good.
At approximately 2:55 p.m. Saturday, the bus headed south in the 3500 block of North Broadway, according to an online media notification from the Chicago Police Department. Video taken by an eyewitness shows the bus traveling erratically and ramming into parked cars – at one point it nearly hit head-on the car the witness was filming from, all to the shouting of pedestrians. The bus was eventually stopped by authorities near North Recreation Drive and North Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive, just north of Belmont Harbor, where the driver was arrested, officials said.
No injuries were reported and charges are pending, the Chicago police notification said.
It was not immediately clear if anyone else was on the bus, and it was unclear if the bus had been chartered that day. Police did not release the 45-year-old driver’s name or say what they expected him to be accused of. According to published reports, damage to the vehicle included broken mirrors, flat tires, scuff marks along the doors and damage to the bumpers.
When asked if police suspected the crashes were drug or alcohol related, a police spokesman said he could not provide that information.
The party bus belonged to Black Label Limos, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, videos show. Black Label could not be reached for comment.
Party buses have long been a source of contention in Chicago.
Vehicles exist in a gray area when it comes to violence, as gun bans that apply to restaurants and bars don’t apply to vehicles, despite the fact that buses operate the same as buses. bars. Additionally, the city has had to crack down on illegal bus operators in recent years.
In June 2017, a city ordinance created stricter rules for chartered vehicles with more than 15 passengers, including posting signs to identify illegal operators, informing passengers of prohibited acts on buses, and requiring drivers to have a camera and a security guard in the vehicle if alcohol was present.
Chicago Tribune editor Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas contributed.