A woman who was told to stop smoking on a New York bus hijacked the vehicle for a short joyride – until another bus managed to block her path.
Kevin Ortiz, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the driver of the M101 bus asked her to put out her cigarette or get off the bus on Manhattan”s Upper East Side.
However, she refused and became angry during the incident on Tuesday.
The driver stepped off the vehicle to help transfer passengers to another bus and the woman then leapt into the driver”s seat.
She drove off for about four blocks before a third bus pulled up across a road to block her.
A dispatcher managed to reach through the window and pull a switch to stop the bus.
The woman, named by the New York Times as Charita Headley, was fired from her job as a bus driver last July for extended absences, according to the paper.
She has been charged with unauthorised use of a motor vehicle, the New York Daily News reported, and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.