Woman accused of hitting bus driver

Woman accused of hitting bus driver
Images of the suspect in the assault. >>> Surveillance photos of the suspect

EUGENE, Ore. - A woman faces accusations she hit a bus driver after being told to get off the bus October 4.

Police arrested Tamela Mae Trice, 21, on November 14 on charges of third degree assault and interfering with public transportation.

Officers credit the arrest to tips from the public received after surveillance photos were released to the news media October 10.

Police responded to the assault just after 7 p.m. on October 4.

A woman got on the Lane Transit District bus near Barger Drive and Golden Gardens Street and took a seat near the rear of the bus, putting her feet up on the seat in front of her.

When the bus driver told her not to put her feet up, the woman reportedly became belligerent, police said.

The driver pulled the bus to the side of the road and told the woman to get off.

Before leaving the bus, the woman hit the bus driver, causing minor injuries.