Dashcam shows pantsless driver rams school bus

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dashcam video of a car that rammed a school bus along I-5 in Eugene before ending up in a canal shows the driver took his pants off and tried to get on the bus.

John Modesitt pleaded guilty to 17 crimes related to the January 14 incident and is spending six months in jail.

John Modesitt was arrested after he rammed a school bus along I-5 near Eugene, then ended up driving without pants and ditching his car in a canal, January 14, 2014 (OSP)
John Modesitt was arrested after he rammed a school bus along I-5 near Eugene, then ended up driving without pants and ditching his car in a canal, January 14, 2014 (OSP)

That day, Modesitt rammed a Jeep and the school bus, took off his pants and tried to get on the bus.

Dispatchers told Oregon State Police Trooper Clay Core, “It looks like the suspect vehicle intentionally rammed the school bus.”

As he raced up I-5, dispatchers said, “He is outside of the vehicle trying to gain entry. He is not wearing pants.”

When Core got to the place where Modesitt was standing in the middle of I-5 and blocking traffic with his car, another driver yelled, “I believe he’s got a gun.”

Core yelled, “Get back, get back.”

The bus driver had kept Modesitt from getting on board by holding the door shut.

Modesitt then got back in his car and had two flat tires while traveling about 90 mph. He lost control, flew off the road and put his car into a canal.

Core saw Modesitt and said, “Looks like he’s veering off the road, intentionally crashing, he’s in the water.”

John Modesitt was arrested after he rammed a school bus along I-5 near Eugene, then ended up driving without pants and ditching his car in a canal, January 14, 2014 (OSP)
John Modesitt was arrested after he rammed a school bus along I-5 near Eugene, then ended up driving without pants and ditching his car in a canal, January 14, 2014 (OSP)

Police said he was so drunk he didn’t remember much of what happened after he swam to shore.

When officers told him he rammed a school bus, he said, “Are you kidding me? Ramming a bus?”

Modesitt did have a gun in the car and pleaded guilty to the charges.

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