Peter Pan Bus Driver Arrested for Locking Woman Inside Luggage Compartment

How’s this for an unexpected stop? A Peter Pan bus traveling from New York City to Boston was stopped on the Massachusetts border by state police, after they had received a call from someone claiming to have been locked inside the luggage compartment.
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Connecticut State Police says on the official Facebook page that they had received a call from a woman who gave them all the details of the incident, saying she had been locked on purpose inside the luggage compartment by the female driver of the bus. Her cellphone was pinged and the police determined her location, so they were able to pull over the bus.

When they opened the door to the luggage compartment, a woman in her 20s rolled out. She was uninjured and maintained that she had been locked there intentionally when she went to retrieve something from her bag. The female driver she accused of locking her there was not driving at the time, having switched with a male driver after 4 hours on the road.

Wendy Alberty was led away by the police, though not in handcuffs. The police didn’t say what prompted her to do such a reckless, dangerous thing, but she will have to face the music for it: she has been charged with first degree unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and breach of peace, and is being on a $2,000 bond. She is due back in court this month.

One of the passengers on the bus tells CBS Boston that the other Peter Pan driver didn’t bother to inform them of what was happening. She also claims that people seated in the front of the bus could hear the poor woman banging and crying for help, but did and said nothing to get Alberty to pull over.

In a statement to the media, Peter Pan Bus Lines says that Alberty has been with them since 2012 and they have had no reason to complain of her. They’re aiding the police in the investigation, calling it their number one priority at this time.

“This Operator… has been an exemplary employee for the company. Over her tenure, she has received many customer commendations on her safe driving and customer service,” the statement says. “In our company’s 86-year history we have never had an incident such as this, the safety of our passengers and employees is always our number one priority.”

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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