Passenger assaults Metrobus driver with pepper spray, police say

An irate passenger pepper-sprayed a Metrobus driver in Southeast Washington on Monday afternoon and escaped at a bus stop, according to Metro officials and D.C. police.

The 48-year-old driver was treated at the scene but did not go to a hospital, police said. The incident occurred about 12:45 p.m. at Stanton and Elvans roads in Southeast. No passengers were injured.

Morgan Dye, a Metro spokeswoman, said police are reviewing surveillance video as part of the investigation. She said the 94 route bus was at the stop when the woman attacked as she departed.

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the driver complained of burning on her face. The woman was described only as wearing a dark-colored coat and hair curlers.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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