BRPD: Teen arrested for knocking out bus driver
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 15-year-old student accused of punching a school bus driver multiple times in the head while she was driving the bus to school Thursday afternoon.
Investigators said the incident happened at around 3 p.m. as the 26-year-old woman drove the bus in the 5100 block of Linden St. when the suspect punched the woman in the head several times until she was knocked unconscious. Another student was able to stop the bus and prevent it from crashing, according to police.
The suspect fled the scene on foot, but was later taken into police custody. He faces charges of battery of a bus driver, second degree battery and aggravated obstruction of a roadway.
Baton Rouge Police said the student has been suspended pending an expulsion hearing. The student who stopped the bus after the incident attended classes on Friday. He was congratulated by district transportation officials for his efforts to protect his classmates and the steps he took to get medical attention for the injured bus driver, according to police.
The bus driver was taken to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. Baton Rouge Police said she was released from the hospital and is recovering at home today.