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Woman sent to jail after pepper-spraying TTC bus driver

A vicious attack on a TTC bus driver and some passengers last summer has landed a woman in jail.

According to a release by the TTC, Dana Chobatru, 29, pleaded guilty to pepper spraying four people on a bus near Downsview subway station last July. Police say the woman boarded the bus, got into a fare dispute with the driver – including various racial slurs – and then pepper sprayed him as well as three passengers.

She ran from the bus but was arrested a short while later by Toronto police.

The TTC says that two of its employees are assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death.

In February, TTC fare collector William Anderson, 52, was shot in the neck and shoulder 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 underwent surgery and has physically recovered.

In May, 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.