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      RIPTA bus driver charged after confronting woman driver

      A RIPTA bus driver is on paid administrative leave after he allegedly confronted a woman in her car about her cell phone use.

      The incident happened Friday in Middletown.

      According to a police report, 57-year-old Edward Howell, of Tiverton, left his bus and yelled at a woman stopped at a red light.

      Witnesses said Howell tried to open her door, and pounded on the car's roof.

      Howell faces disorderly conduct charges as well as a vandalism charge.

      RIPTA released a statement that said, "we expect all of our operators to act in an appropriate manner and we are investigating the manner."

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