Taxi fare flap erupts into tire-iron attack 

click to enlarge A man was assaulted by his cab driver near Russian Hill Friday night.
  • A man was assaulted by his cab driver near Russian Hill Friday night.

A cabdriver reported being assaulted Tuesday by an unruly passenger. On Wednesday, the roles were reversed.

A man was assaulted with a tire iron by his cabdriver near Russian Hill about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The victim and a friend were picked up on the 2100 block of Chestnut Street in the Marina district, police said. At some point, the driver and victim reportedly got into an argument over the fare and the cab stopped at Filbert Street and Van Ness Avenue.

The driver and victim exited the cab and the driver struck the man in the face with the tire iron, police said.

The driver then fled in the taxi.

Police reported that the victim sustained a laceration to his head and an eye injury. He was taken to a hospital for his injuries, which were not considered life-threatening.

The driver is described as an Asian man between 30 and 35 years old, about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and short, spiky black hair and was wearing a dark-colored jacket, police said.

On Tuesday, a cab driver was reportedly choked and carjacked by an unruly passenger, who then hopped in the taxi and crashed it a block away. He was arrested.

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