TORONTO - A woman who yelled racial slurs and pepper sprayed a Toronto public transit driver and three others on a bus over a transfer has been jailed for 46 days.
Dana Chobatru, 29, of Toronto, was also sentenced to 18-months of house arrest last week after pleading guilty to four charges of assault with a weapon, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) said.
Chobatru instigated the violence that ultimately lead to her conviction in a dispute over a transfer in July last year as she boarded a bus.
"The woman yelled racial slurs at the bus driver, pepper sprayed him as well as three customers who came to help the employee," the TTC said in a release. "The suspect fled the bus but was arrested a short time later by Toronto Police."
The transit company said two employees are assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death.
TTC fare collector William Anderson, 52, was shot in the neck and shoulder last February after a bandit armed with a revolver demanded cash. When Anderson refused to hand over the money, the suspect walked away, then turned and fired three rounds.
Anderson has since physically recovered.
The TTC offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in that case. It's the first time the transit commission has offered a cash reward.