The body count of Metro operators and drivers getting pinched keeps rising, but this time, it's not just a suspension or a firing for sending text messages or reading books on the job, or opening train doors on the wrong side: it's an arrest! (Well, a second arrest.)
Now calm down, it's not as though she kidnapped anyone, like the other arrested bus driver did. It's just that she was not legally allowed to drive buses. And yet there she was, driving her bus yesterday morning, when another driver crashed into her, getting the po-po involved. Curses!
When D.C. police arrived at the scene and asked to see [Metro bus driver Carletta S.] Douglas's driver's license, they discovered that it had been suspended May 27, [Metro spokesman Steven] Taubenkibel said. The reason for the suspension was unclear, he said, but Douglas told investigators that she did not know her license was invalid. Douglas has been driving buses for Metro since 2001, Taubenkibel said.
She did not know that it had been suspended, hmm? We see many new facts going public in this story's future.
For now, Metro has given Douglas the old "paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation" line, which is Metro-ese for "we will fire you in like two days."
Jim Newell writes for Wonkette and IvyGate.