April 19, 2016

Chandler PD: Lyft driver arrested after slashing passenger




CHANDLER, Ariz. – Two men are in jail Monday after police say one of them, a Lyft driver, slashed the other, a passenger, with a razor during a fight.

According to a Chandler Police Department spokesman, two men caught a ride with James Dealchaezada, the Lyft driver, and when they arrived at their destination, one of the men started arguing with the driver.

Court documents show Dealchaezada claimed the passenger, Michael Kirkpatrick, 30, accused Dealchaezada of stealing his wallet. The driver also claimed Kirkpatrick was kicking his car.

The argument escalated to the point where police say the driver got out of the car and slashed the man across the arm with a box cutter he kept in his glove box, police said.

The incident took place at an apartment complex on East Frye Road.

Police arrested Dealchaezada for aggravated assault. Kirkpatrick refused treatment for the minor injury, police said, and was cited for disorderly conduct for his part in the fight.

The third man is not facing any charges.

Lyft issued a statement Monday afternoon, saying Dealchaezada will not be working for Lyft again.

“We have a strict zero-tolerance policy and do not tolerate violent behavior on the Lyft platform. Since learning of this incident, we permanently removed the driver’s access to Lyft,” a Lyft spokesperson said.

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