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Cleveland RTA Uppercut Driver: Woman Choked Me, Spit on Me

See excerpts from the RTA Police report the driver filed after the Sept. 18 Beachwood incident that became a viral video.

The RTA driver who delivered an uppercut to a female passenger on a Beachwood bus told RTA police that the woman had choked him and spit on him while he was driving.

which occurred near the 23300 block of Chagrin Boulevard, was posted online Oct. 11 and has had nearly 3.3 million hits since.

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According to driver Artis Hughes' statement, the woman, Shidea N. Lane, boarded the bus Sept. 18 and did not pay. He told her to pay and she began cursing at him, he said. Eventually she paid, but continued to berate him.

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He told police that she grabbed his neck and spit in his face while he was driving.

Hughes' written statement [sic]:

While leaving Van Aken passenger gets on the bus acting strange said she left her bookbag I ask her what you gone do she said go on so I took her to the next stop she still didn't want to pay so I told the passenger she holdin you all up so she said so what. An argument started, she was threatining me and calling me b's and h's and she said she would spit on me thats when I told her I would hurt her she continued to threatin me and as I was driving she grabbed me in the throat and spit on me in the face. I stopped the bus and I protected myself and got off the bus called traffic and waited for the police. While on the phone with traffic she attacted me again so I got off the bus and waited on police.

In the video, she is seen approaching him and bending over him before he gets up and delivers an uppercut that knocks her to the floor, and then throws her off the bus.

Witnesses to the incident wrote that Lane was acting strangely, even combative, to the driver.

One witness to the incident wrote in his statement, "All she had to do was pay and sit down but she had other plans."

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Shawn October 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I dnt thk he was wrong you can hit on a man either or spit on them and we meed to support are men because these women do get out of hand and she grab him while he driving so she put everybody on the bus in danger so she SHOULD BE in trouble with her Rude self and very disrespectful
Nikki Ferrell October 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You can read the police reports here: http://beachwood.patch.com/articles/look-cleveland-rta-beachwood-police-reports-from-bus-driver-uppercut-incident
current Resident October 14, 2012 at 08:26 AM
I would have draped her up ,but i won`t have hit her like that, I won`t risk losing my job over that situation
Glinda Smith October 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I watched the entire video and I thought they were both inappropriate. Screaming at each other - calling each other "nigger" and "bitch" was the first problem. The bus driver had every right to be aggravated by this stupid woman, but he should have remained calm. At the next stop he should've told her to get off and if she refused, he should've called the police. He made the situation worse by letting her rile him up and drag him down to her level.
GA peachnFL October 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
This is simply wrong in more than one way. She was completely out of line and disrespectful. Her main errors were placing her hands on him then spitting on him. The first punch she deserved anything after was wrong .After that punch it was obvious she was not a threat.
Ms. Jazzy October 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Protect yourselves at all cause no matter who it is !

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