Peter Pan driver denies locking passenger in luggage compartment

A driver for Peter Pan Bus Lines was charged with breach of peace, reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint after a passenger was locked in the luggage compartment of a bus traveling from New York City to Boston on Aug. 4.

The woman was released from the luggage bay after placing a 911 call on her cell phone and police stopped in the bus in Union, Conn.

The driver, Wendy Alberty, 49, of Roselle, N.J., appeared in Rockville Superior Court in Connecticut on Aug. 21 and denied the charges.

According to police, the rider was not harmed and said “she had been purposely locked inside by a female driver while attempting to retrieve items from her bag.” A Peter Pan spokesman told the media, “The operator in question is currently on investigative suspension as we continue to investigate all aspects of this incident as well as cooperate with Connecticut State Police. This operator has been with Peter Pan Bus Lines since 2012 and has been an exemplary employee for the company.”

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