Bus driver smoking pot behind wheel passes out

A bus driver is caught smoking synthetic cannabis behind the wheel -- on drugs and in control of a 35-ton vehicle – right before he falls asleep. (CNN/Seven Network)
A bus driver is caught smoking synthetic cannabis behind the wheel -- on drugs and in control of a 35-ton vehicle – right before he falls asleep. (CNN/Seven Network)

SYDNEY (CNN/Seven Network) – A bus driver is caught smoking synthetic cannabis behind the wheel — on drugs and in control of a 35-ton vehicle – right before he falls asleep. Shaun Murphy steers with his elbow for a moment, and sometimes he has no control at all. Finally, the 57-year-old’s Sunday joyride comes to an end as he passes out.

“Mr. Murphy is extremely remorseful for his conduct,” said Busways Security. “He is very thankful no one was injured as a result of the collision.”

Murphy wiped out two fences before careening into a family’s Glenmore Park home. It missed Rebecca and her daughter by a matter of seconds.

Wednesday afternoon Seven News showed Rebecca the pictures of the driver. She was too distraught to comment on camera.

The Busways employee pleaded guilty at Penrith Court to driving recklessly and driving with illicit substances in his blood. He also tested positive to morphine and methylamphetamine.

“There’ll be no further comment,” said Busways Security. “Please respect his privacy, thank you.”

At the time, Busways said the driver suffered an unknown medical condition. Wednesday, the company confirmed Murphy, who’s been an employee for less than a year, no longer works there. Police say Murphy had earlier picked up members of the public, but no one was on board at the time of the crash. He’ll appear in court again Thursday for sentencing.

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