Person Arrested After Joyride in DART Paratransit Vehicle Sunday

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A person is in custody, accused of stealing a DART paratransit van Sunday night and crashing into several parked cars and a bicyclist before being arrested.

DART officials said 911 callers reported a DART vehicle driving erratically around 11:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for DART said the suspect stole the bus from its paratransit facility in East Dallas and took a 30-minute joyride with the vehicle along Interstate 30, Central Expressway and the Bryan Place neighborhood, crashing into at least six parked cars along the way.

The driver then struck a bicyclist, who was not hurt.

Janet Wisinger, a resident in the area, said her dog started growling, alerting her to something happening outside.

"I said 'What’s wrong? What’s going on? What’s the matter with you?' And we opened the balcony door and people were just gathered at a 11 o-clock at night," said Wisinger.

After hitting the cyclist, DART said the thief tried to get away on foot but was caught by Dallas Police near Swiss Avenue and Bryan Street.

A video posted on Instagram shows the van being driven recklessly in reverse near Bryan Place, crashing into vehicles.

The driver was identified by DART Monday as 26-year-old Charles Tisaby.

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Charles Tisaby, booking photo.

Tisaby is being held in the Dallas County Jail on two charges of resisting arrest, from 2022, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Bond amounts have not been set as of this writing and it's not clear if he's obtained an attorney to speak on his behalf.

DART Police is leading the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson said officers are reviewing videos to see if any other cars or property were damaged.

"This is the first time we've ever had a vehicle stolen from the paratransit facility," said DART spokesperson Gordon Shattles. "We're just very happy that one - no one was injured and two - that we were able to get this person arrested immediately."

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