POLICE are still hunting the man who viciously attacked a 63-year-old Gold Coast bus driver in Southport this morning.
The driver of the Surfside bus was reportedly ripped from his seat and bashed by the young passenger who couldn’t pay his fare at the West End Shops bus stop at the intersection of Nerang and Pohlman Streets around 8.30am.
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It’s believed the driver was dragged from the bus and onto the bitumen outside where he was repeatedly punched in the head.
He received minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital for further assessment.
“The person attempted to use their Go Card which didn’t work, as a result of interaction with the bus driver, he became highly abusive,” Detective Acting Inspector Paul Austin from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch said.
“This escalated to him physically assaulting the bus driver who was punched in the face a number of times.
“The injuries are only to the extent of bruising and lacerations to his face, however as a precautionary measure he has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.”
Police have spoken with three of the five passengers who were on board the bus at the time and Southport Detectives are reviewing the CCTV footage.
Police said the man, when located, would be facing charges of serious assault.
The man, described as wearing grey boardshorts, no shirt and last seen carrying a black back pack, fled the scene on foot.
Police are urging anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Southport Police Station.
Watch the footage tonight, on Nine Gold Coast News at 5.30pm.