Metro Punishes Bus Driver Who Fought With Rider | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Metro Punishes Bus Driver Who Fought With Rider

Play associated audio

By David Schultz

Police charged Vento Mickens with simple assault after he got into an altercation with a rider earlier this month.

Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel says the two were fighting about a fare.

It was the latest in a string of Metro employees getting in trouble with the law.

The week before, police charged a track worker with public drunkenness just hours before his shift was supposed to start.

Prior to that, Metro rehired a bus driver who had been arrested for punching a man dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog.

Metro had tried to fire the bus driver, but his union appealed and won in arbitration.

Metro has opted not to fire Mickens, however.

Taubenkibel says he'll be getting a five-day suspension without pay.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
WAMU 88.5

Legal Limbo No More? Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

NPR

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad-free, invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.