Police arrest 38-year-old DC woman accused of throwing urine on a bus driver

Person accused of throwing urine on a bus driver. (Metro Transit Police)

Metro Transit Police have arrested a woman who allegedly urinated in a cup on the back of a bus and then hurled the urine on the bus driver before running away at a bus stop in Northeast D.C.

Opal L. Brown, 38, of Southeast DC was arrested Wednesday, according to Metro Transit police.

According to Metro, the incident happened around 6:14 p.m. Saturday.

Metro says Brown urinated in the cup while other passengers were nearby. In surveillance video, she is later seen standing near the front of the bus waiting to get off.

When the bus stops at a stop on Minnesota Avenue, NE, the woman turns and throws the urine on the driver before running away headed southwest on the same street.

The stop where the incident happened is on the east side of Minnesota Avenue just north of Benning Road.

Metro says the bus was on the X2 route and was headed to the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station a short distance to the northeast.

Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly says the passenger was getting off when the bus operator told her, "Have a nice day." She responded, "Are you talking to me?" After the driver replied "yes," she reached around the driver's plastic shield and dumped the liquid.

ATU Local 689 released the following statement in response to the report of the attack:

ATU Local 689 has been pushing Metro to make reforms on operator assaults for years. Metro’s required use of operator shields on “bad” bus lines of buses --- without input from the workforce or their union --- has only insured that the issues of safety will continue to occur. Metro must take accountability for their inaction over the last 10 years and they must develop a permanent solution to this increasingly dangerous problem now. A disgusting act like the one on Saturday can not only endanger the operator, but also endanger everyone on that bus. Unnecessarily placing workers and the riding public in danger is never acceptable when Metro can and should do more.

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