An off-duty Peter Pan Bus Lines driver was arrested after she allegedly “purposely locked” a woman inside a luggage compartment on a Boston-bound bus on Sunday afternoon.
A 32-year-old Long Beach, New York, woman dialed 911 around 4 p.m. Sunday from inside the luggage compartment.
Officers pinged the woman’s phone and found she was headed down Interstate 84 near Willington, Connecticut. After an officer pulled the bus over and searched its luggage compartments, he found the woman in the second one he checked. The woman told police a female driver intentionally locked her in there when she was attempting to retrieve items from her bag.
The driver, Wendy Helena Alberty, 49, of Brooklyn, NY, was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint, according to the Connecticut State Police. She’s reportedly been suspended as officials investigate the incident.
It’s unclear how long the woman was stuck in the luggage compartment. She was well enough after to refuse medical treatment.