Jonathon Amaya charged with battery

  • Associated Press | November 26, 2012

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins defensive back Jonathon Amaya has been charged with battery after police say he choked a taxi driver.

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A Miami Beach Police report shows Amaya was arrested early Monday morning. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

The report says Amaya offered the taxi 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 later 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.

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