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Young boy charged in altercation on bus, in police car

February 01, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

An 8-year-old boy has been charged with assaulting his school bus driver, pulling a gearshift of the moving bus and then trying to break out of a moving police cruiser after his arrest, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

The boy, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was charged with resisting arrest, school: disturbing operations and attempting to manipulate vehicle device with malicious intent, according to the release.

The alleged series of incidents occurred after the boy got into an altercation with a classmate while the two were being transported on Bus 399 on Tuesday about 3:15 p.m. in the area of Md. 64 and Trovinger Mill Road, deputies said.

Ariann Worthington, the school bus driver, had broken up the fight, but then alleged the boy ran to the front of the school bus while she was driving and grabbed the gearshift lever on the bus, according to the release.

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Once the boy was seated, Worthington alleged he struck her in the leg, at which time she called the sheriff's department, deputies said.

When Deputy 1st Class Jeff Miller got to the school bus, the boy allegedly cursed at him and struck him in the hand, according to the release.

Once the boy was taken off the school bus and placed into a police cruiser, the boy allegedly tried to kick out the side window and cage window to the cruiser, according to the release.

The boy was released to his mother after the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services in Washington County reviewed the case, according to the release.

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