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Police: Man arrested after assault on Metro bus driver in Seattle

Police arrest a suspect following an assault against a Metro bus driver.

SEATTLE - A 39-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after an assault on a King County Metro bus driver near Seattle's First Hill, officials said.

Metro Transit police responded at about 8:15 a.m. after receiving a report that a man had assaulted a bus driver near Harborview Medical Center.

The suspect was identified and taken into custody near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Jefferson Street.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect was disruptive on the bus, yelling and cursing, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

Other passengers said the driver was very professional and politely asked the man to calm down or he would have to get off the bus. The suspect then punched the 65-year-old driver one time in the face, West said. The driver sustained a cut above one of his eyes.

The suspect got off the bus and was detained by state troopers and Seattle police until King County Sheriff's Metro deputies arrived to arrest him. The suspect was booked into the King County jail for investigation of third-degree assault.

The driver of the bus, on the No. 3 route, was replaced by another driver after the incident, in accordance with standard practice.

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