Yep Tours/Focus Travel Travails: Driver arrested For Alleged DUI

Still image: NBC 10/Philadelphia.

Still image: NBC 10/Philadelphia.

More trouble for Focus Travel/Yep Tours. The Chinatown bus company faces new questions this morning after a driver was arrested for suspected DUI  in Pennsylvania.

On Saturday evening, the bus was traveling from Philadelphia to Manhattan’s Chinatown on I-95. According to Philadelphia television station WCAU, passengers forced the driver to pull over for driving erratically. More from the story:

Pennsylvania State Police and Lower Makefield Police both responded and the driver was taken into custody, police said. DUI charges are pending against the 37-year-old driver, state police said. Jeremy Walker, the bus company’s owner, tells NBC10 the driver has been fired, but would not provide additional comment… Police said they gave the passengers rides off the highway. Focus Travel and related company Yep Tours have had troubles with drivers in the past. Last August, a bus was involved in a hit-and-run near Philadelphia Police headquarters. The driver continued on a trip to Washington, D.C. and said he didn’t know he hit anyone. Earlier that summer, a driver was fired after passengers recorded him texting while driving.

Here’s part of an account of the harrowing ride from a passenger. She posted it on Yelp:
Took a bus tonight following the Roots concert which was also almost my last day of life… The driver was lost clearly, almost killed some pedestrians and turned an exit corner at 60+ mph w/ a full tilt on the bus. The police was called everyone got off the bus, driver taken away in cuffs for suspected DUI and us….Stranded. Thank God for the police officers who stayed w/ us in west bum PA. Half group take to an a booked hotel, the other half of us did what New Yorkers do. Call a car service. Never again.
For many months. Yep Tours has been illegally using a curbside location on Pike Street to load and unload passengers. In spite of a huge number of complaints to local police, the company continues to operate at will from the makeshift bus stop.