A conductor for New York City’s subway allegedly let his girlfriend operate a train through multiple stations in Brooklyn on Friday, with police now searching for the pair.
Dominique Belgrave, 28, and Terrell Harris, 32, are wanted by police for questioning after Ms Belgrave posted an Instagram Story showing the pair holding hands over the train’s controls.
“Yes, this is me operating the train right now,” Ms Belgrave says in one of multiple videos posted to her account, which has since been made private.
At one point, as the train travels through underground stations, Ms Belgrave is shown in footage alone at the controls and posing for a selfie with Mr Harris in the train cab.
Then, as the train zips towards Coney Island-Stillwell Ave, Mr Harris explains that the marker showing where operators must stop is hard to see from the cab, and Ms Belgrave echoes the complaint.
“Y’all ain’t put the stickers in a visible place!” she exclaims.
A third clip shows her entering the public section of the car saying, “Back inside I go.”
Ms Belgrave’s caption reads: “Conducting The D u hurdddd.”
The footage went viral among Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) workers over the weekend, and eventually caught the eye of a supervisor – who reported the pair to the NYPD, police said.
Interim Transit President Craig Cipriano said Mr Harris will be disciplined. Mr Harris, an MTA employee of 11 years, earned $US117,486 ($A160,101) in 2020, according to SeeThroughNY.
“This video is beyond egregious showing a train operator who betrayed the trust of New Yorkers while creating a dangerous condition,” Mr Cipriano said in a statement.
“I want to assure customers that the operator involved has been removed from service and will no longer be allowed to control a train.”
However, Ms Belgrave bragged about the illegal breach of the operator’s cab on Facebook — and suggested she might be angling for a Transit Authority gig herself.
“I’ll might start at the bottom but ima move my way up they gon see me in traffic,” she wrote.
She did not immediately return a request for comment.
It’s not clear whether Mr Harris or Ms Belgrave will face criminal charges.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission