Calgary taxi crashes, flips onto roof as driver beaten by passenger
Police tape is pictured in this file photo (CP24/Tom Stefanac)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, July 2, 2016 5:55PM EDT
Calgary police have arrested and charged one man in connection with a serious assault of a cab driver.
Checker Cabs says one of its drivers was attacked by a passenger early Friday morning and the assault resulted in the driver losing control and crashing his cab.
Police arrested the passenger at the scene when they responded to the crash that resulted in the taxi flipping onto its roof.
The driver was taken to hospital to be treated for head injuries and has since been released.
A spokesman for Checker Cabs says video shot inside the cab shows the passenger punching the driver several times, knocking him out and causing him to lose control of the car.
Others in the industry say driver abuse happens fairly regularly and more needs to be done to protect them from harm.
"I think it's disgusting what our driver had to go through," said Naeem Chaudhry, general manager of Calgary United Cab. "People don't realize what they go through when they're just trying to do their job and get people home safely at the end of the night."