Police: Woman charged after attacking bus with car jack, trying to run over driver in DC

Woman violently attacks bus with tire iron before hitting man with car in D.C. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A woman was caught on cell phone video smashing the window of a Greyhound bus in Northeast D.C. with a car jack before attempting to run over the bus driver with her car as he tried to stop her from fleeing the scene.

According to D.C. police, the woman, who has been identified as 20-year-old Mariana Silver, of Northeast D.C., illegally passed the bus in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road and sideswiped another driver in the process. When the driver tried to make contact with the woman, she grew irate and an argument broke out.

After witnessing the accident and ensuing argument, the bus driver got involved, saying, "You're a crazy driver, you need to get off the road," according to a police report.

That's when Silver got a bat from the trunk of her car and started hitting the driver's side bus window before retrieving a car jack that she used to smash the window, which is where the cell phone video picks up.

In the video, the bus driver is seen standing in front and jumping on the hood of her car in an attempt to keep her from fleeing the scene. Silver then continues to drive off with the bus driver on the hood of her car until he falls off.

On Friday afternoon, Greyhound released a statement regarding the incident.

After speaking with police on the scene, the driver was able to complete the route by transporting customers to their scheduled stop at Union Station. Our standard protocol includes an interview with drivers following any incident, and we will continue cooperating with law enforcement on this matter as it is still under investigation. For additional information, please contact local authorities.

Silver was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon on Friday evening.

This is a developing story.

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