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Fake bus driver pleads guilty

Washington Post editors

The Southeast Washington man charged in July with stealing a Metro bus and picking up passengers before crashing the vehicle pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday to one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

William Jackson, 19, faces up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8 by Judge Frederick H. Weisberg.

According to charging documents, Jackson entered the Bladensburg Metro garage at 2251 Sixth St. NE on July 9 and was wearing a Metrobus operator’s uniform of dark shoes, blue pants and a blue bus shirt with a yellow and orange vest. He then climbed into the driver’s seat of Bus 9318, started it and drove out of the garage.

Jackson then began driving the bus’s scheduled B2 route, picking up several passengers, as he traveled east on Massachusetts Avenue SE, the documents say.
Jackson made a left on 17th Street SE, the documents said; he hit a tree, “destroyed” the front end of the bus and damaged the rear and curb sides of the vehicle.

No one was injured. Jackson fled from the bus, and the bus came to a stop at the 1500 block of Potomac Avenue SE. He was arrested a short time later.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  |  September 1, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Comments

This is so bizarre. Thank God no one was killed in this incident. Crazy.

Posted by: brandip_77 | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Put the guy on probation and give him intensive training to become the region's top BUS INSPECTOR.

Posted by: Improperbostonian | September 1, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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