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."