Serial Transit Impersonator Sentenced to Up to 5 Years for Latest Caper

Darius McCollum has been arrested 29 times for transit crimes

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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Serial Transit Impersonator Faces Up to 5 Years

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A New York City man who has been arrested 29 times for transit crimes was sentenced to up to five years in prison for his latest caper.

Darius McCollum was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing a Trailways bus in 2010. He was caught behind the wheel on the highway leading to Kennedy Airport.

McCollum's lawyer says his problems are the result of uncontrolled impulses. Both prosecutors and his lawyer say it's a byproduct of what was until recently called Asperger's syndrome but is now considered an autism spectrum disorder.

McCollum has volunteered to undergo therapy to try to break the cycle. He is hoping he will be paroled.

At age 15, McCollum piloted a subway train six stops without anyone noticing.

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