North Bay man arrested for attempting to “stuff the bus”

From: Jennifer Hanson, staff

NORTH BAY — When Ontario Northland asked residents to help “Stuff the Bus” this wasn’t what they were looking for.

Police responded to a complaint Wednesday night and arrested Ralf Darby (46) of Chisholm, On., for breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, theft under $5000, and indecent exposure.

“We found Mr. Darby in a state of undress at the Ontario Northland Bus Station,” says North Bay Police Detective Matthieu Ouellette. “We subsequently detained and arrested him for breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, and indecent exposure.”

“Later, we found that he had stolen some motor oil for his personal use, so Mr. Darby was subsequently charged with theft.”

It appears that the accused was responding to a recent call from Ontario Northland to “Stuff the Bus,” but in a way that was “not in keeping with the spirit of the initiative.”

The arrest occurred just after 1 am, explains Detective Ouellette, so “no Ontario Northland employees were on site to witness Mr. Darby’s actions.”

However, Darby did suffer second degree burns as “the bus had been running and the muffler was still quite hot.”

The accused was released with a promise to appear.

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