Man who accused Kamloops bus driver of kidnapping back in court tomorrow

KAMLOOPS - The man who accused a bus driver of kidnapping him by posting a video on YouTube is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

Bradley Derek Smith faces charges of assault and mischief after an investigation into the matter exonerated the bus driver.

The video entitled 'Kamloops B.C. Transit Driver Kidnaps Passenger' received substantial media attention for its extreme allegations.

It shows two transit users accusing a Kamloops city bus driver of purposefully missing their stops and locking them inside the bus.

The public tuned in — with 62,000 hits — and B.C. Transit and the driver's employer First Canada took it seriously, launching an investigation into the matter and putting the driver on suspension.

While the driver may have broken policy by missing the passengers' stop, two witnesses came forward and exonerated the driver for the kidnapping allegations.

The driver was put back to work after the temporary suspension.

Now Smith, who allegedly filmed the driver and posted the video online, is the one facing charges.

He appeared in court last week and is expected to appear again tomorrow to fix a date.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.


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