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Passengers accused of attacking taxi driver over route

Posted at 9:17 AM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 12:17:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A taxi driver was allegedly attacked by two of his passengers after they claimed he was taking a longer route to raise the fare.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, the taxi driver was giving two men a ride on westbound state Route 52 when the disagreement occurred, according to a California Highway Patrol sergeant.

The sergeant said the men were upset with the route the driver was taking and one of them put the driver in a chokehold.

The driver managed to pull over on the right shoulder, got out and called 911 as he ran away -- with the two men chasing him.

Officers arrived and took the two passengers into custody.

The driver told officers that one of the men appeared to be very intoxicated.

The incident is under investigation.