RTA Uppercut Driver, Passenger Criminally Charged

Both Shidea Lane and Artis Hughes have been charged with misdemeanors over an incident that was filmed on a Beachwood bus and has gone viral online.

Both the RTA bus driver and the passenger who were involved in a dispute that was filmed and went viral online have been criminally charged for the incident.

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Shidea Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began —which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — that ended in the notorious uppercut delivered by the angry bus driver.

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Thursday Beachwood City Prosecutor Thomas Greve authorized criminal charges against both Lane and bus driver Artis Hughes.

Lane, 25, has been charged with disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Hughes, 59, has been charged with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Both are expected to be booked today. Lane has a $125 bond and Hughes has a $525 bond.

Their arraignments are expected to be scheduled for the first week of November.


Do you think these charges are fair? Tell us in the comments!

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Jae Reed October 19, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Yes, fair and consistent for both driver and passenger to be criminally charged as both were culpable. The bus driver is charged more hefty because he was responsible for all passengers on his bus, yet chose to behave as unprofessional as the passenger behaves uncouth, rude and foul mouthed. He was no better than her and should be FIRED! The charges should ensure no driver feel they can physically assault their patrons and the passenger will not get a payday for behaving badly! It also ensures no copy cat drivers or patrons attempt to repeat the bad decisions on both individuals part in this reprehensible behavior and public display of ignorance!
chavelle October 19, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Yes a comment worth readin........my thghts exactly
Randall October 21, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Are you for real have you actually been in a fight or even got hit unexpectedly? Yes it's not right for a man to hit on a female however when a female hits a man there is no way she should not expect him not to do something because if he would of kept driving what's that telling her," he's not going to hit me back let me hit him again". And tell me after looking at that video how she was acting earlier that is what she would've thought! This women hit and spit on this driver WHILE he was driving the bus which could of cause an accident and all she gets is a fourth degree misdemeanor and she was the aggressor!
Natasha October 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I agree wit Randall..she SHOULD be charged more seriously than the driver. If you spit on a cop, that's considered assault. Yet, if you spit and punch on a driver who has the lives of others in his hands, that's disorderly conduct. I don't condone the hit, although she should've realized how serious her actions were toward him. Hopefully, that punch knocked some sense into her. Give the driver his job back!!
Stephanie November 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Did anyone think that maybe he wouldn't have hit her for just mouthing and slapping him. But i do think the situation changed when she spit on him! someone of you may have forgotten that its AGAINST THE LAW TO SPIT ON PEOPLE!


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