Bus Driver Fired for Assaulting Boss: Report

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    NEW YORK - Commuters board a bus near First Avenue on December 23, 2005 in New York City. After three days of strikes New York City subways and buses returned to service, bringing normality back to millions of peoples morning and afternoon commutes.

    An MTA bus operator didn't like being told to stop using his cell phone.

    The bus operator, assigned to a Long Island route, assualted his supervisor in a cell phone frenzy and then fled from his coach, a published report said.

    There were no passengers on the bus at the time, the New York Post reported.

    Driver John Miller, 37, is accused of grabbing his boss Joseph Merwin by the throat, throwing him against the bus' windshield with such force the window shattered, the New York Post said.

    The terrifying incident went down on Sunrise Highway at Yorktown Street, the newspaper said.

    "He began punching the bus, and then punching the inspector," said Rockville Centre Police Chief Charles Gennario.

    He was charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief, and the MTA fired him, the report said.

    "We have a zero-tolerance policy on cellphone use and we will certainly not tolerate any violence against our employees," said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin.

    Miller was only on the job for five months and was already on extended probation.