Police: Alaska cab driver pepper-sprayed passenger, fired gun during dispute over $11 fare

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 Miren tells the Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/17USR4e) that 50-year-old passenger Eric Stoneback rode with the driver but was carrying only $5 for an $11 fare.

Miren says Stoneback offered to get the rest of the money from his apartment. But Miren says the driver locked Stoneback in the cab and at some point pepper-sprayed him.

Miren 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.


Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com