NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus driver was arrested in Middletown after police say he confronted a motorist using a cell phone in her car.

Police say 57-year-old Edward Howell of Tiverton exited his bus and yelled at the woman at a stop light Friday. Authorities say Howell tried to open the woman's car door and pounded on the car roof.

The Newport Daily News reports that police allege Howell told the woman it was an "idiot driver" like her who struck and injured his nephew.

Talking on cell phones while driving is legal in Rhode Island, but texting is not.

Howell was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct.

A phone message seeking comment was left for Howell Monday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.