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Pr. George’s school bus driver charged with ramming trailer

A Prince George’s County school bus driver was arrested Wednesday after she rammed a bus into a trailer in the Accokeek school bus lot, authorities said.

Theresa P. Douglas, 40, of Nanjemoy, was charged with several counts of assault in connection with the incident, which occurred about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday in the bus lot in the 1700 block of Accokeek Road, according to court records and police. No students were inside the bus at the time, but three people in the trailer suffered “minor bruises and cuts,” said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a Prince George’s County police spokesman.

Johnson said investigators believe Douglas was upset over a dispute with another school bus driver, and that is what prompted her to drive into the trailer. Douglas had obtained a temporary peace order against the other driver last week, but on Tuesday, a judge declined to make the order final, according to police, school officials and court records.

“She went to court Dec. 13 and was denied the peace order by the judge. . .that’s pretty much the basis of it,” Johnson said. “She was upset at being denied.”

Johnson said investigators were still probing exactly what Douglas and the other driver were feuding about.

Briant Coleman, a Prince George’s County schools spokesman, said Douglas has been suspended without pay while police and school officials investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. He said she had been a driver for more than 10 years.

Douglas, who was released from jail Thursday after posting bond, could not immediately be reached for comment. A message was left at her home.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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