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A Mount Clemens man has been arraigned in the Saturday assault of a bus driver, officials said.

Eric Dawshawn Johnson, 23, has been charged with assault and battery, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The crime is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

Johnson was arraigned 2:30 p.m. in the 26th District Court before Magistrate Laura Echartea, where his bond was set at $10,000 cash/ 10 percent surety. A pretrial hearing as been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on July 12. 

Police and prosecutors said the suspect got on a Detroit Department of Transportation bus before 10 p.m. Saturday at Woodward Avenue and West Grand Boulevard in the city's New Center area.

The driver told police the suspect his bus ticket had expired, officials said. The driver then offered to override the ticket and allow the suspect to ride the bus free of charge, but he attacked the driver, punching him in the face, pulling him out of the driver's seat, throwing him to the floor and kicking him, according to police.

The suspect then fled the scene but police later spotted him walking on Cass Avenue when they took him into custody, officials said.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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