MTA driver acquitted of disorderly conduct

March 14, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A Mass Transit Administration bus driver has been acquitted of disorderly conduct and failing to obey a police officer's order to move her bus following a minor accident in December, Baltimore police reported.

Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, 37, of the 1700 block of E. 30th St., was acquitted of the charges Wednesday in Baltimore City District Court, police said.

City police are continuing to look into allegations that Officer Ross S. Griffin, of the Northeastern District, used excessive force during the incident, said Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman.

The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 when Mrs. Armstrong's bus was hit in the rear by a van at Harford Road and Cold Spring Lane, police said.

Police said the accident caused some damage to the van, but none to the bus.

When Officer Griffin arrived, he spoke with the van's driver and allowed him to leave, an MTA spokeswoman said at the time. The spokeswoman said that when the officer told Mrs. Armstrong to move the bus, she refused, saying she needed a copy of the accident information for the MTA.

Mrs. Armstrong alleged that the officer pulled her out of the driver's seat and slammed her against a pole. She said she suffered bruises on her back, ribs, right hand and thumb.

In his report of the incident, Officer Griffin said he asked Mrs. Armstrong to move the bus several times and she refused and cursed at him. After making several requests, he said he placed her under arrest.

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