Cab driver charged for pepper-spraying passenger

Sep 10, 2013 -- 11:40am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska cab driver has been charged with pepper-spraying a passenger and firing at least one shot into the ground during a dispute over an $11 fare. Anchorage police say 63-year-old Hee Joong Chai was charged Saturday with felony assault and weapons misconduct. Police spokeswoman Dani Myren tells the Anchorage Daily News ( that 50-year-old passenger Eric Stoneback rode with the driver but was carrying only $5 for an $11 fare. Myren says Stoneback offered to get the rest of the money from his apartment. But Myren says the driver locked Stoneback in the cab and at some point pepper-sprayed him. Myren says the passenger kicked out the cab's passenger window, and Chai pulled out a gun and fired it once or twice. Chai was arrested but released Saturday on $2,500 bail.

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