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A Metro connection in bus crash?

William Jackson, the 19-year-old tyson.gifwho allegedly deceived Metro security and drove off in a bus on Friday, apparently shares an address with a man who has the name of an actual Metro bus operator, according to public documents.

Jackson was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and fleeing an accident. Property records show that a man named Stephen Dabney owns a house at the address listed in the charging documents.

"We have an employee named Stephen Dabney who works at Metro as a bus operator," Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff said in an e-mail on Tuesday.

On Friday Jackson allegedly entered the Bladensburg bus garage, wearing a bus operator's uniform, started a bus, and drove off along the B2 route, picking up several passengers along the way.

Metro did not immedately respond to questions about whether Dabney is part of the ongoing Metro Transit Police investigation into the stolen bus incident, which ended dramatically when Jackson allegedly crashed the vehicle into a tree. No one was injured, Metro said. A damage assessment of the bus is underway, Woodruff said.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

Staff writer Keith Alexander and researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.

By Michael Bolden  | July 13, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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