Saturday, July 05, 2014

Taxi driver who'd tried to buy man's girlfriend's cats chased with pots, pans and sticks

A man from Fort Oglethorpe was arrested for assaulting a taxi driver earlier this week. It all started because the man was angry his girlfriend was selling cats to the taxi driver.

The taxi driver told police he was at the woman's home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to buy cats. But her boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Kirby, didn't want to give them up, telling him the cats weren't for sale.

The cabbie was then cornered inside the front door of the residence, but forced his way out, left the door off its hinges, and jumped in his cab. That's when two men ran out, chasing him down the street with pots, pans and sticks. Before driving off, he said Kirby slammed the driver's side door of the car with a large stick with enough force to leave tree bark jammed into the dashboard.

Kirby was charged with aggravated assault and vandalism, but picked up an additional assault charge from jail the following day. The taxi driver, 24-year-old Ervin Morgan, was arrested for an unrelated theft. Police said Kirby went to Morgan's holding cell and punched him in the face because he thought Morgan "got him arrested on false charges."

With news video.

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