MTA police won't be arresting driver caught on tape in fight with passenger

BALTIMORE - A spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration says the agency's police department is not going to be making any arrests related to a vicious fight on-board one of their buses.  The fight, which took place on Monday, was captured on camera, with video posted to YouTube Tuesday. 

The shocking video shows a driver and a passenger the MTA identified as a student engaged in a fight.  In the video, the women are tossing each other over seats and across the aisles as other passengers look on. The person who posted the video on the Internet says it began when the driver complained about the woman's music being too loud.

Although MTA spokesman Terry Owens says the unidentified driver has been pulled from service pending an internal investigation, agency police cannot make an arrest in part because no weapons were used and no one was seriously injured.  He says, "We did not witness it.  We don't know who started it."  Owens says both the driver and the passengers have been given complaint numbers and can pursue criminal action on their own through the Court Commissioner in Baltimore.  Owens says MTA Police have not yet reviewed the bus' on-board camera footage.


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The driver seen in the video has been with the MTA since 2003.  The agency now says the driver has been suspended without pay pending an internal review.  Owens says the fight took place on the #40 Line bus near the stop at Baltimore and Paca streets in downtown Baltimore.


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