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U.S. Navy officer beats up taxi driver because he didn’t want to give him a free ride

By Mason White 10:13 AM August 31, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A U.S. Navy officer was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly beating up a taxi driver because he refused to give him a free ride, police in Japan said.

Okinawa police said that they have arrested 34-year-old Joshua Lewis, after being accused of punching the taxi driver in the face during an argument over services.

According to the police investigation, Lewis, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, hit the 65-year-old taxi driver in the face several times on Saturday morning.

The officer owed the driver 1,820 yen ($15). After beating up the taxi driver, Lewis fled from the scene. The taxi driver called police, and Lewis was found at a nearby parking lot.

Police officers who arrested Lewis, reported that his breath smelled of alcohol.