A 39-year-old woman is in custody after grabbing and biting a CTA bus driver as he drove his Chicago Avenue route in Noble Square late Wednesday, police said.
The woman, who has a history of arrests for misdemeanor battery and domestic battery according to CPD records, was so aggressive with her toothy attack, she had to be treated for bite injuries to her own lip, according to a police report.
CPD said the 31-year-old victim was driving east on the 1400 block of West Chicago around 11:20 p.m. when he told the woman that she had dropped some items on the floor after boarding the bus.
She became angry, swore at the driver, then reached around the protective partition and grabbed him while the bus was moving, according to a CPD statement.
He stopped the bus and tried to push her away, but she chomped down on his arm and then stepped off the bus, police said. Cops arrested her at the scene.
EMS took the driver to a hospital for treatment. He was listed in good condition.
The woman also had visible swelling and a tooth-like incision on her lip, according to CPD paperwork. The department said she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Charges are pending.
Editor’s note: CPD’s media statement said the incident happened around 11:20 p.m., but dispatch records indicate that it occurred closer to 10:20 p.m.