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Irate smoking woman hijacks NYC bus

NEW YORK -- A woman was arrested Tuesday morning after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said she hijacked a bus when the driver told her to stop smoking.

It all began around 7 a.m. at the 96th Street bus stop in East Harlem, reports CBS New York.

The driver of an M-101 bus saw the woman smoking and asked her to put out the cigarette and get off, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

The woman became irate, so the driver called for another bus to come to transfer the passengers, Ortiz said. As the driver was outside moving passengers to the second bus, Ortiz said the woman jumped into the driver's seat and sped off.

She drove about four blocks to 100th Street before a dispatcher was able to reach through the driver's side window and shut off the bus, Ortiz said. Officers then boarded the bus and took the woman into custody.

Police said the woman was brought to the hospital for observation and said charges are pending.

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