BOSTON (AP) - An MBTA bus driver appeared in court Friday to face assault and driving charges after police said she struck a Boston parking enforcement officer and several cars while apparently trying to avoid a parking ticket.
Lataria Milton, 34, of Somerville, pleaded not guilty to assault and driving charges at her arraignment in Roxbury District Court. She was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the victim and witnesses.
Milton was arrested Thursday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and driving to endanger.
Authorities said the bus was in a no-stopping zone in Kenmore Square just before 9 a.m. when a supervisor with the Boston Transportation Department prepared to write a ticket.
The bus driver drove off, striking the officer, who was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life threatening. The bus then struck other cars. No passengers were on the bus. Milton is due back in court on October 16.
Milton's commercial driver's license as well as her Class D license were revoked on Thursday.
The MBTA says it now receives regular reports from the Registry of Motor Vehicles which alert T officials if an employee's driver's license has been suspended or revoked.
Department of transportation officials released her driving record as well: