Two passengers have been charged with beating a NICE bus driver in Nassau County, police said.
The two Queens men entered a Nassau Inter-County Express bus at the Mineola terminal without paying on Wednesday and rode to the last stop at the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, Nassau County police said.
As the pair were getting off the bus they began yelling at the 48-year-old driver and one of them, Delroy Greaves, 20, threw a can of beer at the driver, police said.
The driver pushed past the two men and got into a NICE car parked nearby, police said.
The men began kicking the front passenger door of the car and the driver got out to check the damage, police said.
The assailants began punching the driver and Greaves hit the driver in the head with a skateboard, police said.
Officers from the Third Precinct responded to the scene and arrested the two men at 5:15 p.m. after a struggle, police said.
The driver was treated at a hospital for contusions to his head and a cut to his lip, and one officer was treated at a hospital for an ankle sprain, police said.
Greaves, of 208th Street, was charged with assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, police said.
Kevin Chavez, 20, of Spencer Avenue, was charged with assault, criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.
Both men were awaiting arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.