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Man arrested for allegedly choking MTA bus driver

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BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of allegedly strangling an MTA bus driver early Thursday, officials said.

Alain Brown, a Brooklyn resident, boarded the B52 bus at the Wilson Avenue and Gates Avenue stop at about 12:25 a.m., police said. Instead of paying with a MetroCard, Brown allegedly threw a handful of change at the 50-year-old driver and then spat at him.

The driver and Brown went to the back of the bus and confronted each other, officials said.

During the confrontation, Brown allegedly pushed the driver up against one of the walls of the bus, police said. He choked the driver and hit him in the face, police said.

Police arrested Brown and charged him with criminal obstruction of breathing felony assault, menacing and harassment, police officials said. He is awaiting arraignment.

The bus driver refused medical attention at the scene after the incident, police said.

Assaulting a transit employee is a felony and punishable by up to 7 years in prison, according to the MTA.