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Police: Gary woman attacked passenger, spit on driver after realizing she boarded wrong bus

Crystal D. Jones

GRIFFITH — A Gary woman became irate after realizing she had boarded the wrong bus, demanded the driver take her to her intended destination, threw a soda can at another passenger, attempted to punch the driver and spit in his face, police said.

Crystal D. Jones, 28, is accused of behaving aggressively toward police after getting off the bus in the Kmart parking lot in the 400 block of West Ridge Road, but later admitting she "acted a fool."

Jones was arrested on suspicion of felony battery by bodily waste and misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, Griffith police Cmdr. Keith Martin said.

A Gary Public Transportation Corp. driver told police Jones boarded his bus in Gary. While in transit, Jones asked if the bus was traveling to Gary's Glen Park section, and the driver said it was not.

The driver told Jones she would need to board a second bus and pay another fare to get to Glen Park, police said. Jones had mistakenly boarded a bus headed to Griffith.

Jones became irate and demanded to driver take her to Glen Park, police said. The driver again told her she would have to take a second bus back to Gary.

Jones then began to argue with another passenger, called him a racial slur and threw what appeared to be a soda can at him, while yelling obscenities, police said.

When the bus arrived in the Kmart parking lot, Jones approached the front exit doors and swung her right fist at the driver, police said. He moved, and she missed him. She then spit in his face before exiting the bus, police said.

The driver saw her walking into a nearby fast-food restaurant and called police, who arrived and encountered her as she exited the restaurant. Jones approached an officer in an aggressive manner and yelled at him, so he drew his Taser and ordered her to stop, police said.

Jones told the officer she had become upset after realizing the bus was not going to her intended destination and "acted a fool," police said. 

Police also spoke with the other passenger, who confirmed the driver's account of the incident and said the soda can struck the back of his neck, Martin said.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.