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Suspect in Uber driver attack charged with battery

5 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, November 03 2015 Nov 3, 2015 November 03, 2015 3:34 PM November 03, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

COSTA MESA, Calif. - A California man captured on video attacking an Uber driver has been charged with assault and battery.

Benjamin Golden of Newport Beach also was charged Tuesday with assault on a public transportation property and battery on a public transit employee with injury.

He faces up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of four misdemeanor charges. 

Golden is out of jail and couldn't be reached for comment.

Police say Golden, a brand manager for Taco Bell, was ordered out of the car on Friday in Costa Mesa because he was too drunk to give directions.

Police say a dashboard camera video shows Golden slapping the driver, grabbing his hair and slamming his head against a window until the man pepper-sprayed him.

Taco Bell has fired Golden.

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