ahhhh....finally...someobody with some balls to do the right thing.
By GEORGETT ROBERTS and ERIKA MARTINEZ
August 5, 2007 -- A Queens bus driver smashed a passenger over the head with a phone when he refused to give up his handicap seat to an elderly woman, police said yesterday.
The bus driver, Larry Woods, 44, and the allegedly inconsiderate rider, Christian Custis, 22, were both arrested and charged with assault after a brawl erupted over the seat on the Q43 bus in Jamaica.
Police said the fight began when Woods asked Custis to give up his seat to the frail woman with a cane who boarded at Hillside Avenue and 164th Street at 11:16 a.m. Friday.
Things turned ugly when Custis, who is not disabled, refused to relinquish his spot, cops said.
Woods then clobbered Custis in the head with the bus' onboard phone as stunned passengers looked on, police said.
The pair was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, before being hauled into the 103rd Precinct station house.
Custis and Woods were both arraigned in Queens Criminal Court yesterday on assault and harassment charges and released. Woods was also charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon: the phone.
Custis' older brother, Anthony, said his sibling was not normally hotheaded. "I don't think he started the fight. It's not in his nature to do so," he said.