Sheriff: Man claiming to be Mayor of NOLA arrested for driving stolen school bus

Sheriff: Man claiming to be Mayor of NOLA arrested for driving stolen school bus

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Sheriff's deputies made an interesting traffic stop Thursday that led to the arrest of a man claiming to be the "Mayor of New Orleans." According to Sheriff Melvin Brisolara, the man was driving a school bus that was reported stolen out of Louisiana.

Brisolara said a deputy spotted the bus driving erratically near the Long Beach-Pass Christian city line around 8 a.m. The deputy stopped the bus near the intersection of Highway 90 and Rich Avenue in Gulfport a short time later.

Brisolara said the driver would not identify himself and told deputies he was the "Mayor of New Orleans." The driver was later identified as 32-year-old Trabis Bailey, of New Orleans.

Chief Deputy Landon Phillips said Bailey got off the bus holding a claw hammer and would not drop it when officials ordered him to. Phillips said Bailey was tased by a Gulfport police officer and taken into custody.

Brisolara said the school bus Bailey was driving was reported stolen early Thursday morning.

Bailey is charged with felony receiving stolen property, providing false information, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He remains behind bars at the Harrison County Jail.

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