Metro driver charged after trying to solicit officer, agency says

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 5, 2010

A Metrobus driver was arrested early Saturday after he -- while on his bus route -- tried to solicit an undercover D.C. police officer posing as a prostitute, a Metro spokeswoman said Sunday.

The driver, Shawn Todd, was arrested by D.C. police shortly after midnight Friday, said Cathy Asato, a Metro spokeswoman. She said Todd was on duty and driving the D12 bus to Southern Avenue at the time of the incident.

A D.C. police spokesman said he was not aware of the incident and could not comment on it.

Asato said she did not know whether the bus was carrying passengers at the time of Todd's arrest. She noted that the arrest was late at night, "so I can't imagine if there were [customers], there were that many."

Todd faces an investigation by Metro, Asato said. She said that she did not know his employment status but that employees are generally placed on administrative leave during such investigations.

The incident comes on the heels of another Metro-related episode. Bus driver Dwayne Adamson was arrested Friday night after allegedly displaying a knife in a traffic dispute. Asato said Sunday that the U.S. attorney had decided not to prosecute that case. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said Sunday that he could not comment on the case.

Asato said that she did not know Adamson's employment status but that he, like Todd, would be the subject of an internal investigation.

Phone numbers could not be located for Todd or Adamson. A lawyer listed in court records for Todd did not return phone messages.

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