OGDEN -- There is actually a specific state law against the hijacking of buses. A 40-year-old transient accused under the statute waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in 2nd District Court.
Trace Edward Green is now scheduled for a disposition hearing Oct. 23. He is formally charged with attempted assault with the intent of hijacking a bus, a second-degree felony. If a bus is actually hijacked, it's a first-degree felony with a possible life prison sentence.
Greens' arrest came the morning of Sept. 11 after a UTA bus stopped at 36th Street and Tyler Avenue. Talking oddly, Green approached the driver and began to try to work the bus controls, police said, becoming belligerent and aggressive when the driver told him to stop.
The driver got the bus stopped to deal with the suspect and had begun evacuating passengers, when he and Green began to scuffle, police said. Green allegedly discharged a fire extinguisher at the bus driver.
Green then got off the bus but was arrested a few blocks away, walking westbound on 36th street, police said, with the bus passengers calling in his location.