Photo: Miami Dolphins' Jonathan Amaya Arrested for Choking Taxi Driver
A Florida taxi driver narrowly escaped serious injury after being allegedly accosted by an NFL player.
Miami Dolphins safety Jonathan Amaya, 24, was arrested Monday morning after two off-duty police officers heard taxi driver Salvador Vunge yelling for help, saying, “This man is trying to kill me!”
According to Vunge, Amaya got into the cab in Miami Beach and asked to be taken to Weston. When Vunge told Amaya he did not take people that far, Amaya gave him a $100 bill. The cab driver agreed to the trip, but shortly after it began, Amaya allegedly grew angry and “started to get aggressive” with the driver.
At around 4:30 a.m., Vunge had had enough.
One police officer wrote:
At that point Mr. Vunge returned back to the area where he was flagged down, gave [Amaya] his money back, and told him to get out of the cab. Mr. Vunge then stated at that point [Amaya] leaned forward and wrapped him hands around his neck and started choking him.
The driver then began yelling for help as he drove down Washington Ave. The off-duty officers who heard him were outside Club Bamboo and ran to the vehicle which had stopped. They ran to the driver’s aid, and found Amaya still in the backseat.
The 6’2, 203-lb, footballer was taken out of the vehicle and charged with one count of battery and booked into Miami-Dade County Jail on $1,500 bond.
Vunge did not appear to have any serious injuries, and it is unclear why Amaya became aggressive in the first place.
Though Amaya has yet to be found guilty, as Bleacher Report put it realistically:
Jonathon Amaya is not good enough to have his NFL career withstand the recent serious charges he is facing.
Yes, that is a giant double standard, but that is the nature of business.