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Clinton Township Man Charged In Beating Of Bus Driver

July 02, 2018 - 4:27 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A 23-year-old Macomb County man has been charged in an alleged attack on a city bus driver in Detroit.

According to prosecutors, a 50-year-old Detroit Department Of Transportation bus driver claims the suspect -- identified by police as Eric Dashawn Johnson of Clinton Township --  presented him with an expired bus ticket when he boarded the bus, in the area of Woodward Ave. and West Grand Blvd., Saturday night. 

The driver, a Detroit resident, told investigators that despite the fact that he offered to override the ticket and give Johnson a free ride, the dispute escalated. The driver told police that Johnson attacked him, punching him in the face, grabbing him from his seat, pulling him to the bus floor and kicking him. 

Johnson, who fled the scene on foot, was found by police walking on Cass Ave. and was taken into custody. 

He was charged by Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy with one count of assault and battery and Monday afternoon in 36th District Court. Bond was set at $10,000/10 percent, according to the prosecutor's office, and a preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Thursday, July 12.