Dolphins DB Amaya accused of choking cab driver

Dolphins DB Amaya accused of choking cab driver
November 26, 2012, 3:37 pm
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In this booking mug shot made available Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, by the Miami Beach Police Dept., Miami Dolphins NFL football player Jonathon Amaya is shown. Amaya a defensive back for the Dolphins, was arrested and charged with battery after police say he chocked a taxi driver in Miami Beach early Monday morning. The driver was not injured. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept.)


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins reserve defensive back Jonathon Amaya allegedly choked a taxi driver and was charged with battery early Monday.

According to a police report, Amaya offered the driver $100 to take him from Miami Beach to Weston. The driver told police Amaya became aggressive, so he turned around the car and asked him to get out. The driver said Amaya then leaned forward, wrapped his hands around the driver's neck and starting choking him. Officers saw the taxi driving erratically and heard the driver scream ``this man is trying to kill me.''

Police escorted Amaya out of the car and he was arrested. The driver wasn't injured.

The arrest came hours after the Dolphins' victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

``We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information,'' Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.

Amaya, a third-year pro, plays mostly on special teams.