Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Miami Dolphins reserve safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested and charged with battery Monday for allegedly trying to choke a taxi driver.
Amaya, who has played in eight games and has six tackles, was being held on $1,500 bond.
“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information,” the Dolphins said in a statement.
According to police report, the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. outside Club Bamboo at 500 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach.
Authorities said Amaya flagged the taxi down and asked the driver, 44-year-old Jonathan Vunge, to take him to Weston.
Vunge told Amaya he didn’t go that far but agreed to take him after the safety gave him $100 cash up front.
While they were traveling, the driver said Amaya became aggressive and Vunge drove back to the spot where he picked up the safety, returned his money back and asked him to get out of the cab.
Vunge said Amaya then leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck and started choking him.
The incident was witnessed by two off-duty Biscayne Park police officers who were working outside the club. According to them, they saw Vunge driving the cab erratically and heard him scream, “This man is trying to kill me!”
Authorities then arrested Amaya, who was sitting inside the taxi when they arrived. The taxi driver suffered no injuries, according to police.